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Nick Cave Shares More Details of Upcoming 'Wild God' Release

'I can tell you that it is a record full of secrets,' he teased. 'It is made up of a series of complex and interlinking narratives, the title song "Wild God" being the primary point of propulsion.'

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Secrets or no secrets. Nick Cave onstage in 2021.

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Nick Cave has taken to his Red Hand Files blog to further elaborate (or not) on the reception he's received from "Wild God," the first song from the upcoming Bad Seeds album of the same name, to be released on Aug. 30.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Wild God

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The 66-year-old Australian rock icon has been sending signals throughout 2023 and into 2024 that a new album was coming. The single finally dropped on Mar. 6, and despite his site crashing due to extremely heavy volume, several fans addressed Cave through The Red Hand Files, his AMA-style blog, after the song was posted online.

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'Wild God' will be Cave's first release since 2019's 'Ghosteen.'

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After addressing a general feeling of depression and moping around the house prior to the song's release, he nonetheless answered a question from Lauren in Reston, Virginia: "Wild God is fully thrilling. Would you please tell us more about?"

"I can tell you that it is a record full of secrets," he teased. "It is made up of a series of complex and interlinking narratives, the title song 'Wild God' being the primary point of propulsion, with the songs all feeding off each other."

He continued, "I’m excited for everyone to hear the whole thing. Then I can tell you a few things that you really must know – like what exactly Anita is talking about, why Kris Kristofferson walks in and out of the truly epic 'Frogs' what the real-life event in 'Conversion' is, why this record is so joyful when almost everyone in the songs is dead, why my wife finally awakens after years of sleep, what is the actual name of the narrator in 'Long Dark Night,' who are the dozen white vampires in 'Cinnamon Horses' and why there is so much damn water. But all that, I guess, will have to wait."

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'I can tell you that it is a record full of secrets,' said Cave, cryptically, of the new release.

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None of that, of course, will give Cave fans much of an idea what to expect from that album. Cave did speak to NME back in May, however, and noted that his then in-progress album won't be a standard rock record like some of the group's past work. "I don’t see that happening. Not that this next [Bad Seeds] record is ambient – it’s not at all – but I just don’t see us going back to that basic rock’n’roll style. I just don’t know how to do it anymore."

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'I just don't see us going back to that basic rock 'n' roll style,' Cave said. 'I just don't know how to do it anymore.'

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Wild God will be the first Bad Seeds LP since 2019's Ghosteen. Cave has also been working with Warren Ellis on the film score for the upcoming Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black, and will embark on a solo Australian tour in April and May, followed by North American dates in September and October.


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