Since I’ve been eagerly awaiting news of the next Bad Seeds record I never really thought about a potential second record from Grinderman. As a result, it kind of took me by surprise recently when it was announced that there will in fact be a follow-up to the 2007 debut from Grinderman (who are 4/7ths of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) coming out in September.
Not much is known about the record at this point other than its title: Grinderman 2. Press material says that:
Grinderman will release their new studio album Grinderman 2 through Mute on September 13th (September 14th in the US on Anti). Grinderman 2 was recorded in 2009 at London’s RAK, State of The Ark and Assault and Battery studios. Co-produced by Grinderman and Nick Launay, the album was mixed by Launay at London’s British Grove in August 2009 and LA’s Seedy Underbelly in April 2010.
The Quietus also quotes some thoughts from Warren Ellis on the record:
“(It’s) very different from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and it’s very different from the first Grinderman album. That was something we were very aware of, we didn’t want it to be like that at all. There’s an attitude in there that’s similar, but sonically it’s got some pretty weird things going on. It’s probably more fleshed out than the first one, we’ve probably learned to play the instruments a bit more. I play lots of stuff on there, there’s violin on it, which I didn’t get in the other one, and a lot of backing vocals. It’s kind of like stoner rock meets Sly Stone via Amon Duul. It’s very diverse, and there’s a lot of stuff on there that doesn’t sound like anything we’ve done before. Nick’s got a different thing going on with the lyrics than he would have from the Bad Seeds, and he’s found a new thing from the first album. Less sex? I wouldn’t say that. It’s psychedelic, and I think it’s great. We’re really excited about it.”
The back half of the year is getting pretty loaded with albums I’m super excited for. Grinderman 2 is definitely one of them. Grinderman will also be touring this fall in the UK and Europe. Dates here. The most recent releases in the ongoing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds reissue series included Tender Prey, The Good Son, and Henry’s Dream are out now as well.