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Nick Cave will be a busy man in the coming months, as he prepares to release the self-titled debut from his band Grinderman and gets to work on the next release from his long-running outfit the Bad Se

Nick Cave will be a busy man in the coming months, as he prepares to release the self-titled debut from his band Grinderman and gets to work on the next release from his long-running outfit the Bad Seeds. First up is the Grinderman disc, due this week via Anti-, which finds Cave backed by Bad Seeds members Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos.

"Grinderman is low on personnel, the songs are short, the album is short," Cave says. "And, I play guitar." Indeed, Cave is relatively new to the instrument, resulting in a raw, almost punk feel. The album being recorded in five days also contributes to its stripped-down sound. The ferocity of the opening two songs, "Get It On" and "No Pussy Blues," set the tone for the rest of the record, with Cave's desperate, profane and often hilarious lyrics backing up distorted washes of guitar, bass and violin.

It may not pick up many new fans or even appeal to those beyond Cave's core audience, but these guys sound like they're having too much fun to care.

The group will make its live debut in late April at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in England, but has yet to commit to additional performances. "If we can do [that show] with a minimum of fuss, then there's no reason we couldn't book dates," Cave says. "But to go on some huge tour would probably defeat the purpose of it in some way."