Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have confirmed details of an upcoming North American tour in support of “Push the Sky Away”, the fifteenth studio album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, to be released in February 19, 2013 by Bad Seed Ltd. on CD, vinyl, digital download and as a deluxe edition.
Sharon Van Etten will support for the duration of the tour, which commences March 14 in Dallas and currently runs through April 3 in Denver. Tickets for the Keswick Theatre performance on Tuesday, March 19 go on sale this Thursday, December 6 at 12PM. Check www.keswicktheatre.com, www.nickcave.com and www.aeglive.com or up-to-date information.
The announcement of the tour coincides with the unveiling of “Push The Sky Away” opening track, “We No Who U R.” the first track to be released from “Push the Sky Away”. At the heart of “Push the Sky Away” is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick’s songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album’s mysterious and ambiguous cover.
The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artifact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries “whether they’re true or not”. These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognize and assign weight to what’s genuinely important.
“Push the Sky Away” was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique, a recording studio based in a 19th Century mansion in the South of France, where the walls of the main studio are lined with an immense collection of classical vinyl.
“We No Who U R” sets this album in our time; we’re living with the consequences of actions and innovations that seemed so progressive in the industrial era. There’s a calm assessment of the gravity of the situation, and humility. This whole album has a generosity of spirit that’s established here by a children’s choir singing “we know there’s no need to forgive.”
“We No Who U R” is available as of December 3 both as an instant grat download with every pre-order album purchase via nickcave.com or iTunes and also as a single download from all digital retailers.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
North American Tour 2013
* Sharon Van Etten Supports On All Dates
Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Dallas, TX — McFarlin Auditorium
Saturday, March 16, 2013 – Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium * on sale Friday, December 7th 10 am CST
Sunday, March 17, 2013 – Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA — Keswick Theatre
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – Washington, DC — Strathmore
Friday, March 22, 2013 – Montreal, QC — Metropolis
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Toronto, ON — Massey Hall
Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Boston, MA — Orpheum Theater
Thursday, March 28, 2013 – New York NY — Beacon Theater
Friday, March 29, 2013 – New York NY — Beacon Theater
Monday, April 01, 2013 – Chicago, IL — Chicago Theater
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 – Denver, CO — Ogden Theater
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave – Vocals, piano, Rhodes, backing vocals
Warren Ellis – Violin, viola, flute, tenor guitar, synthesizer, loops, Rhodes, backing vocals
Martyn Casey – Bass
Thomas Wydler – Drums
Jim Sclavunos – Percussion
Conway Savage – Vocals