Cake looks to overcome the last two years of internal shake-ups -- which found the band replacing both its bassist and guitarist -- when the group releases its third album, "Prolonging the Magic," on October 6.
For the follow-up to 1996's platinum-selling "Fashion Nugget," Cake returned to the same Sacramento, California studios in which the band recorded its first two albums, and replacing departed bassist Victor Damiani on "Magic" was original member Gabe Nelson, who left Cake prior to its 1994 debut, "Motorcade of Generosity."
For lead guitarist duties, Cake chose to incorporate a revolving door of musicians to fill the vacancy left by Greg Brown, who split from Cake earlier this year to form a new band, Misty. Several noted Bay Area bluesmen sat in with Cake during the "Magic" sessions, including Chuck Prophet, Tyler Pope and Jim Campilongo, although the band has settled on the Loved Ones' guitarist Xan McCurdy for its forthcoming winter tour.
Cake's new single,
"Never There," is set to be released to radio later this month.