Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Grinderman – Grinderman

Grinderman – Grinderman

Grinderman: Nick Cave (vocals, electric guitar, piano, electric organ); Warren Ellis (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, violin, viola, background vocals); Martyn P. Casey (acoustic guitar, bass instrument, background vocals); Jim Sclavunos (drums, percussion, background vocals).

Beginning sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s, Nick Cave's output became increasingly nuanced, introspective, and even tender. While he was still capable of a snarling rocker now and again, he'd certainly mellowed by the turn of the new millennium. Then came 2007 and the arrival of the mighty Grinderman, a Cave-fronted band featuring longtime colleagues Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, and Jim Sclavunos.

The project marks the first time Cave has ever been featured on guitar, and the first time since nearly the Birthday Party that he's approached his music with such libidinal urgency and swaggering gothic machismo. The music screeches, lurches, and clangs with a loose abandon that reimagines Cave's earlier incarnations in a more self-effacing guise. While Cave's lyrics are as considered and darkly literary as ever, there's humor here ("No Pussy Blues," "Depth Charge"), and the general improvisatory, spontaneous nature of the project is obviously being enjoyed by all. GRINDERMAN is delicious proof that Nick the Stripper isn't gone after all. Parents, lock up the kiddies, it's show time.

Track Listing

Song Title


Get It On


No Pussy Blues


Electric Alice




Depth Charge Ethel


Go Tell The Woman


I Don't Need You (To Set Me Free)


Honey Bee (Lets Fly To Mars)


Man in The Moon


When My Love Comes Down


Love Bomb

Grinderman – Grinderman

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