Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds confirm they've completed new album: 'CARNAGE'

Revealed in his latest post from his website The Red Hand Files, Cave has confirmed he'd been working on the new project with Warren Ellis throughout lockdown.
Posted: 7 January 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Nick Cave has confirmed he's been working on new music throughout lockdown with cohort Warren Ellis, today revealing the name of his 18th studio album with The Bad Seeds: CARNAGE

The reveal came via his latest post on his website The Red Hand Files, in response to a question "how was your lockdown?" from a fan called Tobias. No further information on the album has been made available at present. 

In his post, Cave addresses his personal experience of lockdown and not being able to perform live, having only recently cancelled his 2021 tour outright: 

"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."

The only glimpse we caught of Cave performing this year was the luxuriously shot livestream set 'Idiot Prayer' from a cavernous Alexandra Palace. Take a look at his intimate performance of 'Galleon Ship' below: 

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