Foul-mouthed, noisy, hairy and damn well old enough to know better, is how Nick Cave warned the world of the coming of his new quartet five years ago. Their debut album Grinderman, released shortly thereafter, unabashedly lived up to the boast. In their live performances, the Australian band turned out to be even more hard-hitting, coarse and brimming with dark humour than in their studio recordings (can we imagine Nick Cave in any other shade?). Grinderman has given Cave an outlet through which to escape the weight of being ‘one of the greatest songwriters of our times’. Fans have discovered that the singer and musician can be other things than solemn. Yet the transformation didn’t require much more than a name change – Grinderman is made up of Bad Seeds alumni Warren Ellis on the violin, Martyn Casey on bass, and Jim Sclavunos keeping the beat. Their performance at New Horizons is a scheduled stop on the tour promoting their newest release, Grinderman 2.
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