GRINDERMAN 2 RELEASED SEPTEMBER 14
Grinderman are Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. On September 14 they will release their new studio album Grinderman 2 via Anti-Records. The first single to be released will be “Super Heathen Child” featuring Robert Fripp on September 6th 2010
The new album was co-produced by Grinderman and Nick Launay (Public Image Ltd, Birthday Party) and mixed by Launay. Grinderman will kick off their North American tour November 11 in Toronto, Canada.
The story of Grinderman begins within the working processes of another band: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. At the start of 2004, when Nick Cave took a small team of Bad Seeds members – violinist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos – off to the tiny Misère studio in Paris for a songwriting session, they effectively established a new working process.
Rather than compose songs on his own and present them to the band, Cave began to spin lyrics out of the air around Ellis, Sclavunos and Casey’s tight, intuitive trio. When expanded out to the full Bad Seeds personnel, the result was Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, a double album with a raw, organic, driving sound that some consider the best the Bad Seeds have ever produced, selling in excess of half a million copies worldwide.
The small combo configuration of Nick, Warren, Marty and Jim had its public debut in a showcase performance to promote the Bad Seeds’ Nocturama album; the foursome continued working in this streamlined format, getting together frequently for Nick Cave “solo” tours, and functioning as a vital, active band. The prolific output of the Misère sessions, as well as various soundtracks and theatre scores that the four were working on during this period, began to suggest potential for a brand new band that might operate autonomously from the Bad Seeds, with a radically different sound and musical approach.
In February 2006, the four musicians booked themselves into London’s Metropolis Studios for a five-day marathon of non-stop demo sessions, resulting in several hours of raw material. The following month, Grinderman called in the producer behind the last two Bad Seeds album, Nick Launay. Together they recorded thirteen songs at RAK Studios in London, and then returned to Metropolis in October to mix their self-titled album, Grinderman. The name Grinderman seemed to suit the band. It sums up the sort of music they make. They grind. As Memphis Slim put it back in 1941, “While everything is quiet and easy/ Mr. Grinder can have his way…”
Grinderman Tour Dates:
THU 11/11/2010 Toronto, ON Phoenix
FRI 11/12/2010 Montreal, QC Metropolis
SAT 11/13/2010 Boston, MA House of Blues
SUN 11/14/2010 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
TUE 11/16/2010 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
THU 11/18/2010 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
FRI 11/19/2010 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
SAT 11/20/2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
MON 11/22/2010 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
TUE 11/23/2010 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
FRI 11/26/2010 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
SAT 11/27/2010 Seattle, WA King Cat Theater
MON 11/29/2010 San Francisco, CA Warfield
TUE 11/30/2010 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
WED 12/1/2010 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Press release from Jambase.com