Three-Layer Cake present ‘Big Burner’ (Official Video)

The idea for the ‘Big Burner’ music video was based on Salvador Dalí‘s surrealist cookbook, Les Dîners de Gala, interwoven with my current obsession with French cuisine and my personal nightmares. Our main character is a mad chef who is at once fantasizing/having a nightmare about making culinary masterpieces in his eerie kitchen. He starts off optimistic but he quickly descends into a frenzy of creative doubt which results in him tearing out his internal organs to really give the dishes an extra kick. From that point on, our mad chef leans into the experimental nature of his visceral creations and proudly presents his finished dishes in a series of fiery tableaux.

Anais Blondet (Director)

The past year’s lockdown has proved undeniably challenging to improvising musicians who typically thrive on face-to-face interaction. But bassist Mike Watt, drummer/percussionist Mike Pride, and guitarist/banjoist Brandon Seabrook have all built their careers on kicking down the barriers between genres, so why would they let a little pandemic-induced isolation and geographic distance stand in their way?

Convening for the first time as Three-Layer Cake, these three dizzyingly inventive artists bake up a long-distance set of singular, boundary-defying collaborations on their combustible debut, Stove Top.

Stove Top is un-categorisable in the best sense of the word, weaving together elements of punk, free jazz, new music, no wave, doom metal, dub, avant-funk, and various sub-sectors of the experimental in such freewheeling and raucous fashion that the very idea of divvying them up into disparate inspirations seems laughable.

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Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Mike Pride
 : drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, organ
Brandon Seabrook : guitar, banjo, tapes
Mike Watt : bass

1.     Beatified, Bedraggled and Bombed
2.     Big Burner 
3.     A Durable Quest
4.     Shepherds
5.     Tiller
6.     Primary Fuel
7.     Luminous Range – Anxious Valve
8.     Ballad Of The Gobsmacked

Produced by Mike Pride & Mike Watt
All Music composed by Pride, Seabrook & Watt
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Recorded & Mixed by Mike Pride at Farming Studios, Chester, NY, Oct-Dec 2020
Watt recorded at studio tHUNDERpANTS, San Pedro, CA
Seabrook recorded at 5151 Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC

Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo
Photography & design by Mike Pride, assisted by Brad Sawyer
Inside painting: “Gauce” by Mike Pride (2018, mixed-media on canvas)

‘Stove Top’ dedicated to Joe Baiza

© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2021

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