Close your eyes and let Mr. Cave be your guide as he rolls into town with the Bad Seeds in tow
Australian born, but worldly bred, Nick Cave has cut many a swashbuckling figure since he first appeared on international radars in the 1970’s – painter, musician, screenwriter, junkie, actor, lover, pianist, poet, guitarist, author, cult celebrity figure – but it’s with his Bad Seeds where his soul has shone most true and most bright.
Formed way back in ’83 with his Birthday Party band mate Mick Harvey and legendary madman Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten – both having since departed – a revolving cast of kooks and cranks have pulled rank alongside the enigmatic and often larger than life Cave, helping him bring to musical fruition his end-of-the-world rants and darkly sinister raves. The Bad Seeds’ music has filtered this apocalyptic vision through tunnels of punk, blues, alternative rock, no-wave, and southern gospel, creating a distinct and distinguished firebrand style no one else can call their own.
Record number fifteen, the recently released and simply gorgeous Push the Sky Away, takes the listener on a new and strange journey down a musical path rarely heard before, one of subtlety, restraint, and pure unadulterated beauty. Gone are the days of ‘Get Ready for Love’, the smack-in-the-jaw opener from 2004’s Abattoir Blues. Say hello to ‘We No Who U R’, a quietly boiling and simmering burner of a ballad that reflects the overall subdued and sophisticated atmosphere of Cave and co. (Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey, Barry Adamson, Conway Savage, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos) circa now.
Don’t be afraid though. Close your eyes and let Mr. Cave be your guide.