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 on December 1st on Goliath Records.
‘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.’
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”.
‘Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ Australian Carnage live album is an extraordinary record of two of the most beautiful and brilliant artists of their time reaching for something else with their immensely talented on-stage collaborators. They were more than concerts that Nick & Warren brought to Australia and Sydney Opera House; something profound and numinous was happening in the Concert Hall between the artist and the audience at their performances here, and I hope this album touches you too.’
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall.
While Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, and he and Cave have composed and recorded scores and worked on many other projects together, this was the first time the pair had toured Australia as a duo.
Their creative chemistry is rooted in their long history of music-making, both as collaborators and as individual artists. They first crossed paths in 1993, when Ellis played violin on several songs for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Let Love In, before going on to join the band as a full-time member. The two have also recorded as Grinderman, formed in 2006, and have composed and recorded numerous film, TV, and theatre soundtracks together.
Australian Carnage – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Live at The Sydney Opera House tracklist:
Waiting For You
I Need You
Hand Of God
Side 1: Bright Horses Carnage White Elephant Leviathan
Side 2: Ghosteen Waiting For You Breathless Balcony Man