Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have made a career out of being different. First it was with the narrative-heavy post-punk of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. In more recent years, Cave, Ellis and Seeds members Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos have been making more primal music under the Grinderman banner. Now the band is back for the follow up to Grinderman’s 2007 self-titled debut (not to mention the Seeds’ 2008 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!).
In an interview with The Quietus (via NME), Warren Ellis said the new album has basically been done for a few weeks save for the tracklist and some last minute technical touch ups. Ellis remarked that the album would be a marked change from the savage simplicity of the first record and instead the band’s sound will be much more psychedelic.
“It’s kind of like stoner rock meets Sly Stone via Amon Duul,” Ellis said. “Nick’s got a different thing going on with the lyrics than he would have from the Bad Seeds. Less sex? I wouldn’t say that.”
The album was originally scheduled for release in early 2009, but clearly complications arose. The as-yet-untitled album should now drop some time in 2010. Those looking for some Cave and Ellis goodness only have to wait till September 22nd with the release of their piece de cinema entitled White Lunar. Stay tuned for any news of a tour in support of the new material.