The dramatic procession of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds enters a new phase in 2003. The supremely crafted albums which came out towards the close of the century, “Murder Ballads”and “The Boatman’s Call”, affirmed what many have known since the band formed out of the ashes of Australian legends The Birthday Party in 1983: as an expressive force The Bad Seeds are entirely in a class of their own, and Cave is one of the few truly great, genuinely maverick songwriters and performers of the present day.
The twelfth Bad Seeds album “Nocturama”displays a renewed strength of purpose within the band, and is marked by an immediacy of recording technique and thematic diversity. The sessions took place in early 2002 when the band decided to use free time on an Australian tour to try out new compositions. They ended up learning and recording the album in a week.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds plan to speed up the pace at which they issue albums. Remarkably for a band who have set such high standards, the best may be yet to come.