Nick Cave and Warren Ellis returned to their native Australia for 16 shows last year, taking their acclaimed 2021 album ‘Carnage’ on the road, along with songs from the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds catalogue.
Three performances at the Sydney Opera House on December 16th, 17th and 18th were the climactic shows of an emotional trip, captured for a luminous new live album, ‘Australian Carnage – Live At The Sydney Opera House’. The album will be released on digital and streaming services this Friday 25th August, with an 8 track vinyl to follow December 1st on Goliath Records. Today’s announcement is accompanied by the streaming release of ‘Balcony Man’ available to listen to HERE. The album is available to pre-order HERE.
“Touring Australia with Warren after so much time away was one of the highlights of recent years. Every show was moving and unforgettable, from the intimacy of playing in theatres and arts centres, to the vast and uplifting nights at Hanging Rock, through to our final three nights at the inimitable Sydney Opera House.
We are excited to share these recordings, made at the Sydney Opera House, and hope they capture even a tenth of the collective elation we felt at those shows. We’ll never forget them.” Nick Cave
Joined by Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and regular Bad Seed Larry Mullins, plus backing vocalists Wendi Rose, Janet Ramus and T Jae Cole, Cave and Ellis performed with intensity and humour to a rapt audience. Highlights include a delicate ‘Bright Horses’, a spiritual ‘Carnage’, and a visceral ‘White Elephant’, along with the yearning back-to-back gut punch of ‘Waiting For You’ and ‘I Need You’.