After a decade long, Grinderman fans finally received the hints of a follow-up to 2010’s Grinderman 2. This July, while answering a fan on Nick Cave’s blog The Red Hand Files, Cave dropped a hint that the third album in a “yet to be completed trilogy” was in the works.
According to Consequence of Sound, Cave was asked by a fan that: “When was the last time you felt a sense of pride (in yourself)?” Nick recalled his musically juvenile memory and expressed his enthusiasm for English progressive rock music. During which he mentioned about King Crimson, Robert Fripp and David Gilmour, who “are giants to” him and leave a great impact on him. Therefore, the fact that Robert Fripp made an appearance on Grinderman’s song “Heathen Child” gives him that sense of pride. Read Cave’s answer below:
“In 2010, Grinderman recorded a song called ‘Heathen Child’ for the Grinderman 2 album (part of a yet to be completed trilogy, you might be happy to know) and we invited Robert Fripp to play on the extended version. This version, called ‘Super Heathen Child’, is Grinderman at their very best. I felt as though Grinderman was laying claim to their roots. Many music critics thought that Grinderman was a return to the sound of The Birthday Party, but I never understood that. From my own perspective within the band, Grinderman was much more influenced by the British progressive rock of my youth than anything else (except Miles Davis’ late electronic period, perhaps).”
Formed by Nick Cave and three members from the Bad Seeds, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos, Grinderman is a musical side project. The group received critics for their unique rawness and rough rock energy. Grinderman’s debut album Grinderman was released in 2007. After taking a three-year break from releasing their first album, Grinderman 2 dropped in 2010. The band featured in ATP “I’ll Will Be Your Mirror” event in 2011.
Following a European tour and a U.S tour after the release of Grinderman 2, Grinderman disbanded after a performance at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia on December 2011. The band reunited to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 2013.
New music from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are brewing since 2016’s Skeleton Tree, Consequence of Sound reports. Cave and Ellis have announced two performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Australia on August 9-10. In the meanwhile, Cave’s “Conversation” 2019 tour is on the road, check out the tour schedule and tickets before it ends.
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