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Film/Album Review: One More Time With Feeling / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

 
By on Friday, 16th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

One More Time With Feeling is the heartbreaking tale of how Nick Cave turned the grief surrounding the tragic death of his 15-year-old son Arthur into ‘Skeleton Tree’, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ latest album. The documentary, which was screened in select cinemas across the world last Thursday, the 9th of September, features interviews with Cave, as well as footage of him recording his new album at Air Studios in London, where his creativity has been inspired by his son’s passing.

Director Andrew Dominik, renowned for The Assassination of Jesse James, builds stunning visuals around Cave’s disembodied sound of the new record, combining 3D imagery with stark black-and-white imagery. Cave also provides a retrospective voiceover, which is brilliantly edited to fit around the conversations he is having in real time as presented in the film.

Nick Cave documentary shot

As One More Time With Feeling progresses, fashion designer Susie Bick, Cave’s wife, becomes more of a prominent figure in the documentary. In one of the film’s most touching scenes, she shows off Arthur’s painting of a local windmill, while Cave sits by her side, deep in his thoughts. It quickly becomes evident that the couple channelled the pain of their tragic loss to help drive themselves and their careers forward. Bick, a successful fashion designer, got “lost” in designing a new line to channel what positive energy she could muster through her sorrow.

The result of this is ‘Skeleton Tree’, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Cave addresses the tragic passing of his son as early as the first line on the record: “You fell from the sky, crash landed in a field near the River Adur”. He also recalls his own preconceptions of death: “I used to think that when you died you kind of wandered the world, in a slumber ‘til you crumbled were absorbed into the earth. I don’t think that anymore”.

Each of the eight tracks on the album are held together by Cave’s grief-filled, spoken word style of lyrics, which stand out through a combination of his profound voice and the overpowering bass and low tones. He sounds defeated. He sounds like a man on the verge of tears. It gives the listener a sense of Nick Cave’s emotional state and how he is coping with any parent’s worst nightmare.

One More Time With Feeling and ‘Skeleton Tree brilliantly go hand-in-hand to give an insight into how Nick Cave and his wife dealt with the passing of his son. Whilst you don’t need to see the documentary to understand the trauma Cave went through, the album’s powerful sentiment will provide you exactly the idea of how difficult it was for him to make.

9/10

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ ‘Skeleton Tree’ newest album is out now on Bad Seed Ltd. Editor of TGTF Mary Chang contributed to this feature.

 

News: Latitude Lineup is extended

 
By on Monday, 18th May 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Marina and the Diamonds (side)We previewed the amazing Latitude back at the start of April, but since then they’ve added a few more amazing acts just to, well, make it even more amazing as far as the “alternative” festivals go. Joining the likes of Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds they’ve added some of TGTF’s favourite artists, including Regina Spektor, Passion Pit, Patrick Wolf, Mew, Marina and the Diamonds (pictured right) and Lisa Hannigan.

Huw Stephens (who has had some pretty amazing finds over recent months) has confirmed that he’s choosing all of the bands on the coveted Lake Stage, which features many of the bands we’ve tipped for the top here at TGTF along with some choice cuts from who will be big over the coming months. If we were fortunate enough to be attending, that’s where we’d be spending much of our time most likely. That’s not to say that the rest of the lineup is rubbish – no, far from it. Latitude is one of the best fully featured festivals we know – that is, it’s not just music. Oh no. It’s got some of the best talents from the theatre, literary and film worlds, including the amazing Dave Gorman performing in the comedy tent. Meanwhile, over in the literary arena there’s a pretty big scoop in the shape of fashion designer extrodinaire Vivienne Westwood. Let’s be honest, that’s gotta be worth the ticket price on her own!

Tickets are on sale now for Latitude 2009 – weekend tickets are £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 each plus booking fees. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping – day tickets include car parking only.

Top photo comes from John Appleyard’s flickr stream.

 

Preview: Latitude Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 1st April 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Pet Shop Boys (side)Latitude may be a mere four years young this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small deal. Oh no. The family friendly festival features not only some amazing musical talents, but also a variety of theatre, comedy and literary guests.

Normally we’d comment on the headliners for a festival and that would be that. However, with Latitude it is so much more than just some headlining bands and artists lower down the lists. With the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Simon Armitage joining Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, there is no clear highlight – it’s going to be a great weekend for both music fans and fans of the wider arts.

Along with the main Obelisk stage lineup, there are also some more left-field stages, such as The Lake Stage will be this year curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, providing a chance for budding young bands such as last year’s headliners Errors, Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds and The Wave Pictures to springboard from their early beginnings to great success. Joining the Lake Stage is the Uncut Arena, playing an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique, and the Sunrise Arena, the equivalent of a B Stage – home to tomorrow’s biggest stars.

Joining all of this will be the usual comedy, theatre, literature and family arenas providing something for everyone – and meaning you could have a whole weekend off from music by just going around every other arena if you wanted to.

Tickets are on sale now for Latitude 2009 – weekend tickets are £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 each plus booking fees. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping – day tickets include car parking only.

Top photo comes from John Appleyard’s flickr stream.

 

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds / 4 May Dates

 
By on Monday, 28th January 2008 at 4:14 pm
 

Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsNick Cave and the Bad Seeds have announced three UK dates and a date in Dublin for early May. The band, whose new album “DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!!” is released on March 3rd, and sees the band embark on a full European tour for two months after the release of the album.

Tickets reportedly go on sale this Friday 1st February at 9am.

Saturday 3rd May – Dublin Castle
Sunday 4th May – Glasgow Academy
Monday 5th May – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 7th May – London Hammersmith Apollo

 
 
 

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