It’s been one year since CAKE released their #1 album, Showroom of Compassion, yet the success continues for the band with the debut of a new music video for “Mustache Man (Wasted),” the group’s third hit single, which is currently Top 20 and rising at Alternative Radio. The album’s first single, “Sick of You,” remained a Top 5 hit at Alternative and Triple A radio for over 3 months, and second single “Long Time” saw similar success, making this a trifecta rarely seen in today’s music climate.
Debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 upon its release, Showroom of Compassion has seen enduring success, with praise from the likes of TIME, Rolling Stone, NPR, Associated Press, and more. On February 16, the band will return to Conan, marking their second appearance on this album cycle. Their late-night-TV resume is rounded out with multiple appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, along with The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Lopez Tonight, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Described by CAKE frontman John McCrea as “both creepy and life-affirming,” the video premieres today on MTV. Watch it here or below.
Filmed in Portland, OR, and helmed by noted Portland director/photographer Alicia J. Rose, the clip is classic CAKE. “When John told me that he wanted the video to be ‘cathartic for a generation,’ I was sent down a rabbit hole that brought me to the idea of “Repo Man meets Saturday Night Fever” with a bit of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Desperate Living thrown in,” explains Rose. “The ‘Mustache Man’ became a man from mars who stops by Earth to refuel on Girl Power, but gets caught in the act. The cast is filled with many of my favorite Portland actors and people, including the ingenious Michael Fetters as the Mustache Man himself. It also didn’t hurt to have more than a few of our stellar crew fresh off production of the hit television show Portlandia. Working with all the members of CAKE on the Mustache Man video was a total blast.”
CAKE guitarist Xan McCurdy adds, “We knew from the outset that we wanted a video that was exciting, funny but also a bit unnerving, and Alicia delivered that – and more.”
CAKE is John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy, Gabriel Nelson and Paulo Baldi.