Photos – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, June 22 2017
– text by Mack Stannard/photos by Kirk Chantraine
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
The seven-piece band has been at it since 1983. Naturally, 35 years and 16 albums have matured the band’s sound. Cave’s first recordings on From Here to Eternity sounded like an adolescent nightmare but the group’s new music feature hauntingly beautiful melodies. Through it all, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have captured the dark thoughts and emotions that creep through us. As these emotions evolve with age, so does their music.
Cave has been heard in concert saying, “This next one’s a morality tale… they’re all morality tales, really. It’s what I do.”
Although founded in Australia, the band has called New York, Sao Paulo, London, and Berlin home. With each move, they bring new stylistic elements to their songs.
Their most recent album, Skeleton Tree, was released in 2016 in the wake of the death of Cave’s teenage son. The album is meant to be experienced in its entirety and therefore no singles were released. Skeleton Tree’s release coincided with a documentary film about the band called One More Time with Feeling.