The Cakekitchen Profile

Andrew Schmidt
12 May 2013

When Graeme Jefferies left New Zealand for London on August 4, 1990, he had no band and no record label, just the master tape of a brilliant album, World Of Sand, that would be rejected 30 times before finding a home at US indie Homestead Records.

It was a subdued end to a busy 1980s spent playing and recording with Nocturnal Projections, This Kind of Punishment, Breathing Cage and The Sombretones. From 1988 on Graeme Jefferies showcased his solo compositions in The Cakekitchen, first as a duo with drummer Robert Key and later adding bass guitarist Rachael King.

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Graeme Jefferies with Nocturnal Projections, New Plymouth 1981
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Live + interview at the Fast Forward II festival in Doornroosje, Nijmegen April 1995
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Graeme Jefferies, Markus Acher - 1995
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The Cakekitchen, May 1988: Robert Key and Graeme Jefferies
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Robert Key, Rachael King, Graeme Jefferies
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Bald Old Bear, 1995 7"
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Parrot Island
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The February 2013 album Calm Before The Storm was issued by Graeme Jefferies in Europe and on vinyl by Wellington label Rough Peel
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The original generic Cakekitchen poster from 1988. It would be used for the rest of the 1980s by the band, in varying colours.
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Greater Windmill St Blues (Live at Kings Arms, Auckland, October 2007)
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Graeme Jefferies, 2013
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Graeme Jefferies and Brett Jones
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How Can You Be So Blind (Live in Austria)
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Atmosphere (Joy Division cover, live in Russia)
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For So Long
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The Cakekitchen in the late 1980s: Robert Key, Rachael King, Graeme Jefferies
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Dave The Pimp
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Even As We Sleep (Live in Stuttgart at the Schocken Club, July 2004. Filmed by Ursula Ellsworth)
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Jean-Yves Douet, Graeme Jefferies - 1994
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The Cakekitchen in Russia
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Airships (live at the Sausage Machine, 1991)
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Labels:

Homestead


Flying Nun


Raffmond


Merge Records

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Trivia:

The Cakekitchen gained wider recognition in Germany when the song Sonnenallee was included on the soundtrack to the 1999 movie of the same name.

Rachael King is the daughter of New Zealand historian, the late Michael King, and a published fiction writer.

Graeme Jefferies performed in Moscow in 2009 with a set that included Joy Division’s Atmosphere. He also includes New Zealand songs such as The Clean’s Getting Older in his set.

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Members:

Graeme Jefferies - vocals, keyboards, guitar, viola

Robert Key - drums

Rachael King - bass, effects

Huw Dainow - drums

Keith McLean - bass

Jean-Yves Douet - drums

Marcus Acher - percussion, drums

Andre Richels - drums

Dieter Roseeuw - strings

Herbert Dee - drums