Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have announced details of a new live album, building on their three performances at the Sydney Opera House last year.
Entitled ‘Australian Carnage’, the collection includes audio taken from the pair’s performances in the Australian city, held as part of their 16-stop tour around the country in late 2022. The tour celebrated the 2021 release of the album ‘Carnage’ , Ellis, a member of Cave and longtime Bad Seeds, worked together for a new introspective side project.
The live album will be released in two different formats: an 18-track digital version, out this Friday (August 25), and an eight-track vinyl edition, out December 1 via Goliath. – Book here.
To celebrate the announcement, Cave and Ellis have shared a live version of ‘Balcony Man’, taken from the upcoming album. Find out below.
“The Australian tour with Warren has been so far one of the highlights of the last few years,” Cave said, explaining the reason for the live album.
“Every show was unforgettable, from the intimacy of playing in theaters and arts centres, to huge, uplifting nights at Hanging Rock, to our final three nights at the unforgettable Sydney Opera House.”
He says: “We are excited to share these recordings, which were made at the Sydney Opera House, and we hope they only capture a tenth of the euphoria we felt at those shows. We will never forget them. .”
In concerts on December 16, 17 and 18 at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the duo featured Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Bad Seed regular Larry Mullins, as well as vocal support from Wendi Rose, Janet Ramus, and T Jae Cole.
Check out the cover art for “Australian Carnage – Live At The Sydney Opera House” below, as well as the track listings.
Here’s the ‘Australian Carnage’ tracklist:
1.’Song of Casting
2. “Shining Horses
3. “Night Raid
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5. “The White Elephant
7. “Lavender Fields
8. ‘Hang on’
9. “You need me
10. “Cosmic Dancer
11. “Out of breath
12. “The hand of God
14. “Long Gall
16. ‘Balcony man
18. “This is Ghosteen
1. ‘White Horses’
3. “White Elephant
2. ‘Hang on’
4. ‘Balcony man
Released in February 2021, Cave and Ellis’ album ‘Carnage’ received a five-star review from NME, with Andrew Trendell describing it as the band reaching the “peak of their powers”.
Furthermore, when the duo brought the show live to the UK later that year, the London performance earned them another five-star review, as the combined tracks from “Carnage” as well as “Gosteen” and “Skeleton Tree.” “. According to critics, this transformed the performance into a “fairly ambitious new live show”, which focused on a “close-knit” feeling.
In other Nick Cave news, the artist spoke to NME earlier this year about what to expect from the next Bad Seeds album, and whether there’s any chance of more Grinderman music coming soon.
“We could do a Grinderman record, because Grinderman is basically improv. It’s musically challenging and you don’t really know what you’re going to get, but I don’t think we could do four-on-four rock ‘n. ‘roll record,” he said.
On the other hand, last month he also posted on his website Red Hand Files, in which he told fans that he is currently “finishing up” work on his new album with the Bad Seeds.