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Grinderman (Anti-)

Nick Cave vocals, electric guitar, organ, piano 

Warren Ellis electric bouzouki, Fendocaster, violin, viola, acoustic guitar, backing vocals 

Martyn Casey bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals 

Jim Sclavunos drums, percussion, backing vocals 


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Grinderman (Anti-)

Nick Cave: vocals, electric guitar, organ, piano Warren Ellis: electric bouzouki, Fendocaster, violin, viola, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Martyn Casey: bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals Jim Sclavunos: drums, percussion, backing vocals.

The story of Grinderman begins within the working processes of another band: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. At the start of 2004, when Nick Cave took a small team of Bad Seeds members - violinist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos - off to the tiny Mis�¨re studio in Paris for a songwriting session, they effectively established a new working process.

Rather than compose songs on his own and present them to the band, Cave began to spin lyrics out of the air around Ellis, Sclavunos and Casey's tight, intuitive trio. When expanded out to the full Bad Seeds personnel, the result was Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, a double album with a raw, organic, driving sound that some consider the best the Bad Seeds have ever produced, selling in excess of half a million copies worldwide.

Nick: "There was only a certain amount I could write in the office any more... With that little session in Paris with Warren, Jim and Marty, suddenly it was so easy to get a song out because you had the bass and drums behind everything and you're singing a different way. Your mind works in a completely different way."

The small combo configuration of Nick, Warren, Marty and Jim had its public debut in a showcase performance to promote the Bad Seeds' Nocturama album; the foursome continued working in this streamlined format, getting together frequently for Nick Cave "solo" tours, and functioning as a vital, active band. The prolific output of the Mis�¨re se...



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