Aside from the performing in the Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Tour, Nick Cave, along with Bad Seeds members Martyn Casey, Warren Ellis, and Jim Sclavunos, are touring with Grinderman at select venues this summer. For info on 2008 tour dates, visit: Grinderman at MySpace.com.
Meanwhile, Mute recently released Grinderman’s “Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars)” (Live at Treacle Studios). Mark Hogan (Pitchfork, 06-02-08) writes:
“If Nick Cave’s smile doesn’t give away that his Grinderman project isn’t necessarily as scary as it sounds, just wait until he starts flapping his arms like honeybee wings. Almost a year ago we posted a clip of Grinderman playing their 2007 self-titled album’s ‘Depth Charge Ethel’ for a radio session at Treacle Studios in London’s East End, with Bobby Gillespie (Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream) on hand as an extra percussionist. Cave puts Ray Manzarek to shame pounding on the electric organ in this newly posted clip of Grinderman’s ‘Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars)’, from the same session. The guitars jolt and crackle like a power surge as Cave frantically buzzes like a bee, demands a kiss, and complains about someone who’s ‘been giving me shit for years’– the last of which, frankly, we wouldn’t recommend doing. Just because the Birthday Party and Bad Seeds frontman has a sense of humor doesn’t mean he’s joking around when he’s growling about ‘cancer, rabies, SARS/ Hairy beards and hurtling stars.’ As with the previous Treacle Studios clip, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard direct.”
Grinderman – ‘Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars)’
Grinderman – ‘Depth Charge Ethel’ (Treacle Sessions)
Thx to MuteChannel.