Currently comprised of Australian-born founding member Nick Cave (vocals, piano, guitar), Australian-born multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, Australian-born Martyn P. Casey (bass), British-born George Vijestica (guitar), American-born Toby Dammit (keys, percussion) (a.k. Larry Mullins), Swiss-born Thomas Wydler (drums) and American-born Jim Sclavunos (drums), the renowned indie rock act Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds can trace its origins back to 1983 when the band formed after the breakup of Cave’s and multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey’s previous band The Birthday Party. Throughout the band’s 35 year history, the band has gone through a series of lineup changes, but they’re known for featuring a cast of internationally-based collaborators — and perhaps most importantly, as one of the most critically celebrated and original post-punk, alt rock and indie rock bands of their era, managing to write and record material across a wide range of sounds, styles and genres — i.e., after the release of 1988’s Tender Prey, the band shifted from post-punk to experimental rock for a series of albums; 2008’s Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! found the band playing gritty garage rock; 2013’s Push the Sky Away found the band increasingly incorporating synths after Mick Harvey’s departure in 2009.
Additionally, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have a long-held reputation for being one of the more intense live acts around and interestingly enough, the members of the band filmed one show, during their 2017 world tour — their Copenhagen stop — and presented in cinemas across the world for one night only as Distant Sky — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen. September 28, 2018 will mark the release of the digital and 12 inch vinyl release of a limited, special release EP of the audio from the show. Of course, it’ll feature this urgent, live rendition of the gorgeous and moody “The Mercy Seat.”
After making several stops on the European festival circuit, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will embark on a 9 stop North American and Latin American tour in October that will include an October 26, 2018 at the Barclays Center. The band will also team up with a handful of indie record stores — Los Angeles‘ Amoeba Music, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade and Toronto‘s Rotate This — for an exclusive offer that will include a ticket to the show in the relevant city, a pre-order of the limited edition of Distant Sky — Live in Copenhagen EP on vinyl and a limited edition lithograph. Check out the tour dates below.
21 Oct – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA*
25 Oct – The Anthem – Washington DC*
26 Oct – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, Canada*
*With special guest Cigarettes After Sex.