Wow, that was quick. It’s hasn’t even been a week since the sad news was broken by Grinderman frontman Nick Cave that the band were no more. But Warren Ellis’ other outfit Dirty Three have already announced that they’re putting the finishing touches on a brand new LP.
It will be the bands first album in over six years following their 2005 release of Cinder. The new album Toward the Low Sun, their eighth, is being pitched as a “punk avant-garde art-jazz record” and will be released on the Bella Union label.
In an interview announcing the new record Ellis said “Dirty Three has always been about the way we play together and feed off each other. We wanted this one to be a return to the more improvised and instinctive approach of the earlier recordings.”
Dirty Three’s intention to release another record and extensively tour might have contributed to the decision to put Grinderman back on the shelf. In an interview with FasterLouder, Grinderman’s drummer Jim Sclavunos indicated that he and Nick Cave also desired to focus on the Bad Seeds, potentially creating a perfect storm.
“I don’t think there should be mourning or rending of garments just yet, let’s wait a few years and see what happens,” he said. “I’m sorry the whole thing’s a bit vague, but we took a long time between Grinderman album’s before, but we have kind of neglected Bad Seeds of late. It’s been about four years since we have done anything and I think it’s high time we made some beautiful music together, again.”
Toward The Low Sun will be released on March 5, 2012.