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As If The Choice Were Mine b​/​w Transit Trials

by Plates of Cake



“This is rock ’n' roll for latenight cab rides, rainy mid-day skies, blinking lights, almost-gone well drinks, cocktail napkins with phone numbers written in lipstick — this is The National if The National sounded like everyone says they do. . . Truly soiled music, dove-like in its beauty and full of gritty fire and sore guts.” -Tiny Mix Tapes

"Rock ‘n Roll takes on so many hats, and heads in so many directions, but when a group wants to either start their way--or find their way back—they tend to scale back to basics. As for PoC, that action is not currently necessary as these Brooklyn peeps start at the beginning and live there. Simple, almost slow-punk guitars back a grizzled set of vocals that sound more like “I need to sing” than “I want to sing because I want to be a star.” Enjoying the ‘Cakes is easy, because the ‘Cakes are just that: easy." -Metromix

"A British Invasion sound straight out of Brooklyn." 2010 CMJ - Our Recommendations -AM New York

“With a booming bass foundation and the gruff croon of Jonathan Byerley — a blur of Nick Cave, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen — Plates of Cake are deceptively upbeat, with a foot-tapping rhythm that gets into your bones. It’s only once you start swaying that that the words hit you: “The wilderness to the icy sea, I destroyed what you loved in me." The Brooklyn-based foursome have an innate sense of beat and darkness; I suspect Byerley is making the absolute best out of an Episcopalian upbringing.” -Unveiled Arts/Beacon Pass

"Songwriter/guitarist Jonathan Byerley has one of the most interesting voices I’ve heard all year – a deep baritone that is a cross between Bob Dylan and Warren Zevon — and somehow he pulls it off. Standout tracks include the pleasant rambler “Living Winter,” upbeat “Emil the Soldier” and Leonard Cohen-esque “This Way; Not Some Other Way.” - Record Dept.


released October 25, 2011


Ian Burns (drums)
Jonathan Byerley (lead vocal, rhythm guitar)
Joshua Carrafa (lead guitar, harmony vocal)
Michael Flis (bass, harmony vocal)

Written by Jonathan Byerley © 2011 Lincoln of Euphoria (SESAC)
Recorded at the All Hands House by Zachary Cale with Phil Glauberzon
Mixed by Jason McDaniel
Mastered by Jim Wilson


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Plates of Cake Brooklyn, New York

NYC band since 2009. Disgruntled waiter music purely for the back of house. The audial equivalent of spitting in your entree. Our shifts over, staff drinks drained, gonna stay out all night. Let’s not deprive each other: We have a seat at the table, try to make polite conversation. Still out of place. Decline and Fall speaks for itself. Critically acclaimed, criminally undersold - Plates Of Cake. ... more

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