In a conversation with Nick, he explaind he wanted to make the next Bad Seeds album in a residential studio somewhere in the english country side, away from it all so we could get lost in our thoughts for a LONG TIME !! A long time for cave is ONE week. He admits often that he has an impatiance for things. I would also describe this impatiance as extreame focus and unparalleled keenness to capture a moment before "we all crawl up our own asses and its lost forever"
Out in the countryside near Melbourne Australia...
After spending a very loud evening side of stage on a farm in Meredith, watching GRINDERMAN do the last gig of their tour we traveled in a big Van with the band back to Melbourne. The next morning Straight into Sing Sing Studios Melbourne with the Bad Seeds to throw some ideas around. Nick has some strories and poems they Jam solidly for 3 days , later in the following year the best of these Jams later become the June 24 I fly to the south of France to continue that Bad Seeds Album This time the studio is La Fabrique , a HUGE Mill originally built for Napoleon to make unique Blue uniformswith Red Trousers for his Troops... I thought it would be a good idea as the red would hide the blood, unfortunatly the Red also made them an easy target for the enemy.
Fuck, I missed my flight! Arrived 4 hours late to start rehearsals... How very unprofessional!
Berlin! What a city, I wanna move here NOW! We worked at the Old Hansa Studio where Bowie did Low, Heroes, and Scary Monsters, Iggy did Lust for Life, and U2 did Achtung!
Quite an adventure. We recorded some very loud raw sounding tracks and lots of rolling around and laughing was done. Supergrass is the funniest band I've ever worked with. I love 'em! After a month in Berlin, we flew to LA and mixed 1/2 the LP at Seedy Underbelly Studios. We will finish mixing the rest in August.
5 days at James Iha's studio (Stratosphere) having the best time imaginable with one of my favorite bands on earth... the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There was such a buzz in the air!
We set it up so Karen could sing her vocals live from a room up above the control room... so she could look down through a large window and see Brian and Nick going wild in the main recording area below.
Things got really crazy!... I don't think she had ever had that view of Brian thumping his drums. He looked like some giant maniac insect. The control room was shaking from Miss O jumping up and down, giggling, and crazy noises. Glad to say it was all captured on tape.
Me and Snoop's bodyguard Galaxy. I'm 6 foot, 1 inch by the way!While on holiday in Australia, recovering from the crazy year that 2006 became, the most unexpected happened: I got a call from Snoop Dogg's manager... "Snoop wants to lay down some tracks, can you do it?"
Snoop had come to Australia to make a special guest appearance at a large outdoor festival along with the Beastie Boys... "He just wants to do one or two songs. It will be like an 8 hour thing. We are on our way to the studio right now. Can you meet Snoop there in 30?
Nick Launay just finished mixing The Arcade Fire's New Album called Neon Bible. It was mixed with the band on a desk with NO automation in their studio in a church near Montreal. The results are extremely uplifting to say the least. The first song called Intervention went to radio just before Christmas, and the LP is due out in April. Just before The Arcade Fire, Launay was in London with Mr. Cave putting finishing touches to the very raw Grinderman album.
Self-proclaimed, foul-mouthed, noisy, hairy, and damn well old enough to know better, Grinderman is: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The first track available to the public is No Pussy Blues which can be heard on the band's Myspace Page. Here's a quick review:
"Set over a throbbing pornographic bass line, the world holds its breath for the onslaught of the wah's shriek of frustration and dirty water," counters Casey. "No Pussy Blues continues in the blues tradition and its timeless fascination with getting laid... or not."