Nick Cave has announced that his next studio album will be called Carnage. According to Pitchfork, the news was revealed by the singer-songwriter at the end of the latest installment of his ongoing Q&A series the Red Hand Files. The new album is being recorded with longtime Bad Seeds collaborator Warren Ellis.
Cave also discusses how he’s been affected by lockdown, and the yearning he feels to return to the stage. “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,” he writes. “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.” His most recent album Ghosteen was released in 2019.
While working on the album, Cave covered T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” as well as a piano performance of his song “Euthanasia,” with the performance Idiot Prayer. He and The Bad Seeds also had an arena tour scheduled with Weyes Blood but has since been canceled due to COVID-19.