‘Carnage‘ is a beautiful thing when under the direction of the legendarily talented Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. The Australian born artists have enjoyed a flood of success over the years, both on their own and in collaborations like Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and on soundtracks like La Panthère Des Neiges. The album ‘Carnage’ is the latest triumph in their collaborative work and, for their blessed fans across the world, they have taken ‘Carnage’ on tour.
Haunting, beautiful, tragic, artistic, experimental, dark… there are just too many words to describe the album and performance. In Chicago, Cave and Ellis made their debut of Carnage at the incredible Auditorium Theater with performances to arrive in New York, Washington, Toronto and Montreal, prior to their departure to the opposite end of the earth (aka Europe). The Chicago venue could not be a more perfect match for ‘Carnage’, with high cathedral-like arches and ceilings. An incredibly lit atmosphere with dark vintage appeal set the mood perfectly. This is not your typical concert-like “light show”. It is something more intimate and an integral cross-section of the performance that Nick and Warren are taking from stage to stage.
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This concert series is being held at auditoriums and theaters throughout the US, then Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will continue with ‘Carnage’ through Europe. And, when you breath it all in, it becomes easily apparent that holding the ‘Carnage’ tour anywhere but in a theatrical-like setting else would fall short. For a full list of tour dates, please click here.
A little more on Nick Cave and Warren Ellis:
Nicholas Edward Cave AO (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor. Known for his baritone voice and for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave’s music is generally characterized by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence.
Nick Cave has shared his musical charm and skill since the year 1973 when he first began his musical career at the age of 17 in Australia’s ‘post-punk’ scene. The band first named ‘The Boys Next Door’ would eventually become the ‘Birthday Party’ and played hundreds of shows with a following through Europe and Australia. After the ‘Birthday Party’ disbanded in 1983, Nick Cave formed ‘Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’. Still in existence today, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have 17 studio albums. Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey wrote: “With the Bad Seeds, Cave continued to explore his obsessions with religion, death, love, America, and violence with a bizarre, sometimes self-consciously eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and arty post-punk.” 1
In 2006, Nick Cave began ‘Grinderman’ with other musicians, including Warren Ellis on backing vocals and guitar, mandolin, violin, and other instruments. Nick Cave’s work has also been featured in various films, as well as Hollywood blockbusters like Batman Forever, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. 2
Warren Ellis wrote music for theater groups and performed music at art openings during the early part of his career in Australia, soon after he formed The Dirty Three and the band recorded several albums. Around the same time, Warren Ellis was invited to play with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This eventually led to them taking on several projects together, including ‘Grinderman’ and scores for the films ‘The Proposition,’ The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford,’ The Road,’ and ‘Far From Men.’
Warren Ellis continued his collaboration with Nick Cave on various soundtracks through the 2000, including the album they are now touring for, ‘Carnage’.
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