For a man of 50, last year's Grinderman project (complete with masturbating monkey on the cover) showed Nick Cave is not planning on slowing down and retiring just yet. This, is a very good thing indeed. The Grinderman album has clearly stuck in Cave's mind whilst making 'Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!', the follow up to 2004's 'Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus' double album. from the off, 'Dig!!!' has the similar bluesy repetitive nasty vibe that the Grinderman album had, except it sounds fuller and slightly less chaotic. This is due to the return of the other Seeds that didn't get in on the Grinderman project. The single you probably all know, but is a classic slice of Cave's witty lyrics riding freely above the band grooving on a three note riff. Excellent. The album is more upbeat than the overall double album of 2004, keeping in a similar vibe to 'Abattoir Blues', the heavier of the two records. 'Today's Lesson', 'We Call Upon the Author' and 'Lie Down Here (Be My Girl) are all classic Cave. Rich in humour and wit, whilst still retaining that trademark savagery that I love about Cave. 'Night of the Lotus Eaters' is a minimalist two note riff that circles over and over whilst Cave spins his tale. Excellent. The deluxe edition, which I obviously shelled out for, comes in a similar bit of packaging to the 'Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus' set, but with a smart lyric book included. The album shows Cave still has the fire in him, and his passion wit and talent shits on all the young things put together.
He is also touring the UK and Europe in the late spring, and I think there are still tickets available for some of his three date run at the Hammersmith Apollo if you fancy it. Here's a little taster to get you in the mood from the 'Abattoir' tour. Also, below is 'We Call Upon the Author' from the new 'Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!' record.
Currently listening to The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers album 'Which Side Are You On?'