Nick Cave has hinted at a comeback for his band Grinderman while answering questions from the fans.
Cave has founded the website The Red Hand Files, an open platform that allows him to take and answer questions from the public. Among the many, a recurring them focused around Grinderman – a band set up by Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos.
With two full studio albums to their name, Grinderman hasn’t released new material since 2010 record Grinderman 2. A year after that release, while performing at the Meredith Music Festival in Australia Cave announced on-stage that Grinderman was “over,” telling the crowd: “that’s it for Grinderman. It’s over. We’ll maybe see you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier.”
Now, as one fan asks he “has plans to rock out again, a la Grinderman,” Cave revealed that Warren Ellis has plans to bring back the band and terrorise Donald Trump: “Many of you have asked about the reformation of Grinderman, although most not with the same lurid flair as you, so I sat with Warren [Ellis, bandmate] and we discussed whether it was a good idea,” replied Cave.
“We both thought the world needed Grinderman, considering its current emotional climate.
“Warren wanted to wait until Trump got re-elected, in the hope he would invite us to play ‘No Pussy Blues’ at the presidential celebrations. I’m not sure if he was joking or not. I personally felt there was no urgency, and that the older we got, the better Grinderman would be – the more deranged, the more priapic, and the more morally dubious.”
He continued: “We both thought that Grinderman appeared to be a lot more popular now than when it existed, and we wondered whether that was simply the band passing into folklore, or whether the world had become, in the last years, more puritanical, less playful, and more hypersensitive, and that there were a lot of people out there, like you Marvin, who just wanted to listen to a band that fucked things up a bit.”
“We both thought releasing a Best of Grinderman record was a good idea. We thought it should be a double album,” he added.