Lookee Yonder: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Troxy
Just a quick write-up here, as Nick’s ‘tache seems to be glaring at me. Off on a freezing cold London evening to the fabulous Art Deco Troxy on Commercial Road, a former cinema restored to general duties (cage fighting, beauty pageants, gigs). It looked pretty good and the sound was great for such a big and lumpy venue. There’s a carpet, and yes of course the superannuated goths in the crowd were sitting down on it. I swear one had even brought their own war memorial.
Anyway Nick and the Seeds were on fine form. We got quite a bit of this year’s Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, which I have to admit to paying only cursory attention to; I think I’m more of a Cave ballads man, myself, and so this one seemed only… OK. But as is often the way I went home resolving to play it to death. Anyway, I counted seven tracks, including the title track and a rip-roaring ‘We Call Upon The Author’, mixed with a slew of classic Cave stuff. The band seemed pretty ragged in places; after ‘Deanna’, which staggered about like it had been drinking meths, Cave said “That was interesting!” But you want a bit of craziness from the Bad Seeds, and my god it was loud. You also want a few laughs with your psychodramas, and we got those when Nick discovered a dry-cleaning tag on his waistcoat. I imagine he gets through a few service washes on tour.
Anyway, two songs that were particularly good: one loud and well-known, one quiet and not; and neither from the last album:
‘The Mercy Seat‘ – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey
‘God Is In The House‘ – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part