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Grinderman - Heathen Child

  by Jon Rogers

published: 13 / 9 / 2010

Grinderman - Heathen Child
Label: Mute Records
Format: CDS


Nihilistic, but forceful vinyl and download only first single from their second album for Nick Cave's project, Grinderman

The Nick Cave fronted Grinderman sort of sits in between the more melodic ballads of the latter day Bad Seeds but doesn’t match the barbaric scream of the Birthday Party or even the Boys Next Door for that matter. It seems that Cave sees the band not really as a side-project but more as something that can articulate something different to the more sedate Bad Seeds. ‘Heathen Child’, which acts as a taster for the second album may not have the immediate impact of ‘No Pussy Blues’ but is a delicious blend of swamp rock, all spidery, angular guitars – especially on ‘Super Heathen Child’ which features Robert Fripp – and a thunderous beat that John Bonham wouldn’t be ashamed of. I am not sure quite what Cave is rambling on about but ‘Heathen Child’ mentions bathtubs, a girl with poison and seems to like nihilism. And the video doesn’t give anything away either. But it just sounds all so convincing.

Track Listing:-
1 Heathen Child
2 Star Charmer
3 Super Heathen Child

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