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My Friend the Chocolate Cake have been making stylish, atmospheric pop/rock for over 15 years. The members of this Melbourne, Australia, collective have transcended their goofy name and produced a career that's found them bestowed with numerous awards, coveted festival slots, and fans both at home and abroad. Parade: Best of My Friend the Chocolate Cake is a 19-track retrospective that capably examines the group's blend of lush, string-laden alternative rock and austere chamber pop ballads. Three new tunes — two of which are instrumentals — play to the band's lauded chemistry, fitting seamlessly in with classics like "I've Got a Plan" and "The Gossip." Singer/songwriter/keyboardist David Bridie's "Let's Go Walk This Town" is a particularly poignant reminder of the distinct, Aussie melancholy that down-under bands like the Church, Augie March, and the Mutton Birds are so adept at. Longtime fans will no doubt be pleased with these new additions, but for listeners outside of the country, Parade will serve as a delectable sampler from one of pop's better-kept secrets.


Formed: Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although Australia’s most common rock exports of the late 90s and early 00s have been Nirvana disciples (Silverchair, the Vines), the country has also spawned quite a few lesser known, more original sounding outfits, such as the piano and strings-based chamber pop band My Friend The Chocolate Cake. The leaders and founders of the outfit, vocalist/pianist David Bridie and cellist Helen Mountfort, were previously band mates in an 80s era Australian outfit, Not Drowning, Waving. The more acoustic-based...
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