My Friend The Chocolate Cake was founded by David Bridie & Helen Mountfort (both formerly of Not Drowning Waving). The idea of the band began when David took a holiday in New Zealand and wrote a collection of songs that didn't fit into the Not Drowning Waving style. He & Helen then began My Friend The Chocolate Cake with the intention of playing all acoustic music. From the inception My Friend The Chocolate Cake emerged as an enjoyable ensemble, as musical friends & colleagues came together one by one to form their unique sound.
The bands collective musical influences are diverse and include: Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Irish & Scottish folk music, Joy Division & folk / pop / rock performers such as Billy Bragg, Arvo Part, Talk Talk, John Cale & Michelle Shocked. My Friend The Chocolate Cake write songs of lyrical & musical mastery about people, characters and their community. Defying categorisation, the band perform emotive musical pieces that movefrom subtle chamber instrumentals to frayed acoustic pop, and songs of wry observation.
By no means formal in their presentation, My Friend The Chocolate Cake travel between atmospheric and ambient through to full scale romps and ballads. The band offer a unique and unsurpassed combination of moods.