Nick Cave on Grinderman reunion: ‘Every other shitty band is doing it, why not someone who’s good’

Grinderman split in 2011 but will be playing Coachella in California this April

Nick Cave has spoken out about reforming Grinderman in order to play the Coachella Valley Festival of Music and Arts in California this April.

Nick Cave took to Twitter earlier today (February 19) in order to answer questions from fans. When asked why Grinderman were getting back together after splitting in 2011, Cave responded: “Every other shitty band is doing it, why not someone who’s actually good.”

In Decemeber 2011 Nick Cave announced that Grinderman were “over” at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia. He said: “See you all in another 10 years when we’ll be even older and uglier.”


The quartet – who boasted much the same line-up as Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – released two albums; a self-titled debut in 2007 and a follow up, ‘Grinderman 2’, in 2010.

During the online Q&A session, Cave was asked which of his own songs he was proudest of and named, ‘Jack The Ripper’, from the Bad Seeds’ 1992 album ‘Henry’s Dream’. He added: “My favorite album is ‘Nocturama’ mostly because everybody hates it, someone’s gotta look out for it.”

He explained that “I’m a songwriter, a story teller and hence a voyeur and that’s what all my songs are about”, and also spoke about the impact of drugs on his creativity, writing: “Early period, largely positive. Middle period, more problematic. Late period, total destruction.”

Many of his answers were tongue in cheek. When asked about the Wikipedia reference on new track ‘We Real Cool’, he said of the website: “I love it beyond measure, I’m a Wikipediaphile.” He was also asked if was as morose as he seems and responded: “You have no fucking idea. Morose? I’m just getting started.”

When quizzed about his moustache, he said he got rid of it as “my wife thought it was like kissing a doormat”. He then revealed the identity of the naked woman on the Dominique Issermann-shot cover of new album ‘Push The Sky Away’ to be his wife.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘ show at the Los Angeles Fonda Theatre on February 21 will be streamed via the Rockfeedback YouTube channel and Spotify. Cave said of his decision to livestream the concert: “Well, we have little kiddies and an orchestra. It’s going to be awesome and we’ve decided to share it with the world.”


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds recently announced plans for an autumn tour of the UK. The band will play five shows as part of a larger European tour, starting at London Hammersmith Apollo on October 26 and playing the same venue on the following day. They will then visit Manchester Apollo (October 30), Glasgow Barrowland (October 31) and Edinburgh Usher Hall (November 1).