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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds to release new album recorded in lockdown

By | Published on Friday 8 January 2021

Nick Cave

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (or at least one Bad Seed) will release a new album called ‘Carnage’ later this year. We found this out via an entry on Cave’s Red Hand Files website which responded to a fan question about how he has found the lockdown experience.

“In many ways lockdown has felt weirdly familiar, like I’ve experienced it before”, he replied. “I guess this should come as no surprise as I was a heroin addict for many years and self-isolating and social distancing were the name of the game. I am also well acquainted with the mechanics of grief – collective grief works in an eerily similar way to personal grief, with its dark confusion, deep uncertainty and loss of control”.

“I am surprised, though, at just how hard not being able to play live has felt”, he went on. “I have come to the conclusion that I am essentially a thing that tours. There is a terrible yearning and a feeling of a life being half-lived. I miss the thrill of stepping onto the stage, the rush of the performance, where all other concerns dissolve into a pure animal interrelation with my audience”.

“I miss the complete surrender to the moment, the loss of self, the physicalness of it all, the feeding frenzy of communal love, the religion, the glorious exchange of bodily fluids – and The Bad Seeds themselves, of course, in all their reckless splendour, how I miss them. As much as sitting behind my desk can bring me a lot of joy, and the imagination can be a stimulating, even dangerous place, I long for the wanton abandon of the live performance”.

Yeah, yeah, but what about this album? Well, he says, “I did go into the studio – with Warren [Ellis] – to make a record. It’s called ‘Carnage'”.

That’s all the album news I’m afraid. Sorry if the length of this article led to you believe there would be more.