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Nick Cave Announces New Album 'CARNAGE' During Lockdown Response To Fan

Thursday, 07 January 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Nick Cave has been working on a new album.

In a response to a fan on his website The Red Hand Files, the renowned musician confirmed that he'd been in the studio with Bad Seed bandmate Warren Ellis and that his new record was called 'CARNAGE'. Head below for Cave's full response to Tobias' question, How Was Your Lockdown?:

Dear Tobias,

In many ways lockdown has felt weirdly familiar, like I’ve experienced it before. 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. For me, lockdown feels like a state mandated version of more of the same — a formalisation of the kind of hermit-like behaviour to which I’ve always been predisposed, and so, as difficult as it has been to see the devastation and anguish caused by the pandemic — including to the lives of those close to me, and many who have written into The Red Hand Files — I have been doing okay.

I am surprised, though, at just how hard not being able to play live has felt. 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.

Anyway, as promised in my last issue, I did go into the studio — with Warren — to make a record.

It’s called CARNAGE.

Love, Nick

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cancelled their UK and European tour in December 2020. The shows had initially been moved to April 2021 due to COVID-19, but the band later made the decision to pull the trek completely due to the ongoing pandemic, which also caused them to cancel their North American tour. 

They were due to hit the road in support of 2019's 'Ghosteen'. Cave, meanwhile, took the time off during lockdown to release 'Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace' in November. Read our five-star review here.

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