Nick Cave & Bad Seeds release their 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree with a new film, One More Time With Feeling and Getintothis’ Banjo looks at the story so far.
Over the course of fifteen albums with The Bad Seeds, three with Grinderman and three with The Birthday Party/Boys Next Door, Nick Cave has amassed a mighty back catalogue without ever letting the quality slip, a feat perhaps unmatched in modern music. The fact that we have a 16th Bad Seeds album to look forward to borders on miraculous.
As has been well documented, Cave’s son Arthur sadly lost his life just over a year ago, leaving behind a twin brother, Earl. Nick Cave is a committed artist, with a fierce work ethic, but this most tragic of events must surely have shook him to the core. It is perhaps no surprise that creativity has once again been Cave’s salvation as he readies to release new album Skeleton Tree on 9 September.
To launch the new album is new film, One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film will be shown for one night only in more than 650 cinemas worldwide, including Liverpool FACT on 8 September, the day before the album’s release.
Shot in black & white and colour and in both 2D and 3D, the film will be the first chance the public will have to hear songs off the new album. Originally intended to be a performance based film, the tragic events that took place changed the film’s focus. Songs, interviews and Cave’s own narration let the viewer inside the creative process as he tries to come to terms with his grief.
An insight into the making of an album such as this sounds like intriguing and perhaps uncomfortable viewing. The fact that Cave has chosen this remote way to promote his album also gives an indication of the private processes he and his family are still going through.
As someone known to wear their art on their sleeve, his Skeleton Tree album may well be his most affecting yet.
- One More Time WIth Feeling will screen at FACT Liverpool on 8 September at 9.00 p.m.