Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Formed 1983.
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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Glastonbury highlights

Highlights of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' set on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2013.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian alternative rock band that was formed in Melbourne in 1983 by frontman Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P. Casey and keyboardist Conway Savage (all four from Australia), keyboard/percussion player Barry Adamson and guitarist George Vjestica (both from the United Kingdom), and drummer Jim Sclavunos (United States). The band has released fifteen studio albums and completed numerous international tours.

The band was founded after the demise of Cave and Harvey's former group The Birthday Party, the members of which met at a boarding school in Victoria, Australia. Deviating from the noise rock roots of their contemporaries, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have produced alternative rock that has been influenced by various genres, such as punk rock, gothic rock, no wave and blues. Their early material—From Her to Eternity (1984), The Firstborn Is Dead (1985), Your Funeral... My Trial (1986) and Tender Prey (1988)—primarily featured a post-punk sound. The band has progressively incorporated other songwriting elements; for example, the 2008 release Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! experimented with garage rock, also an influence of the side project Grinderman. Synthesizers and minimal guitar work feature prominently on their newest album, Push the Sky Away (2013), recorded after the departure of Harvey in 2009.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Push the Sky Away

    Push the Sky Away 2013

    Reviewed by James Skinner
    An LP as weighty, compelling and brilliant as The Bad Seeds have ever produced.
  2. Review of No More Shall We Part

    No More Shall We Part 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A fine album amongst many in the band’s catalogue, with its share of beautiful moments.
  3. Review of Let Love In

    Let Love In 2011

    Reviewed by Luke Turner
    The sound of a band at the very peak of its malevolent powers.
  4. Review of The Boatman’s Call

    The Boatman’s Call 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    This turn for the reflective helped further secure The Bad Seeds’ legacy.
  5. Review of Murder Ballads

    Murder Ballads 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Represents the very darkest depths of the band’s 90s output.
  6. Review of Tender Prey / The Good Son / Henry’s Dream

    Tender Prey / The Good Son / Henry’s Dream 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Remastered and expanded reissues of three important Bad Seeds albums.
  7. Review of Your Funeral... My Trial

    Your Funeral... My Trial 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Was there ever a bleaker title?
  8. Review of From Her To Eternity

    From Her To Eternity 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Imperfect, visceral, exciting and, ultimately, classic.
  9. Review of Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!

    Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! 2008

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    ...Will not just raise the dead, it will raise the spirits of Bad Seed fans old and...
  10. Review of B-Sides & Rarities

    B-Sides & Rarities 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    If these are his cast-offs, it's little wonder that Nick Cave has remained...
  11. Review of Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

    Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus 2004

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Two great albums, which surpassed expectations against the odds.
  12. Review of Nocturama

    Nocturama 2003

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    Cave is the king of passionate, darkly beautiful pop songs and Nocturama's ten...
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