Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' forthcoming Anti-/Epitaph debut, "Nocturama," is to be the first of three albums released by the band over the next three years, Cave tells Billboard.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' forthcoming Anti-/Epitaph debut, "Nocturama," is to be the first of three albums released by the band over the next three years, Cave tells Billboard.

"We were sick of having to wait, ya know, three years," he says, referring to the band's major-label experience. "Ya know, you record the record, then there's this massive amount of promotion you have to do, and a f***ing tour ... ya know, the whole cycle is so long."

Each record will arrive in February, and, like "Nocturama" -- recorded in a week -- each will be written and recorded quickly. Cave says the idea is to "do it like they used to do it. In the old days, ya know, they used to do two a year, some of those people, and they were great records. [Bob] Dylan is a great example. 'John Wesley Harding' was recorded in two hours -- and mixed; we haven't got quite to that point, but to me it's amazing. And Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' took two days, and there's a beautiful and important record."

On the 10-track "Nocturama," that spirit is perhaps best captured on the rollicking, album-ending "Babe, I'm on Fire," a 14-minute, 43-second song that was captured on the second take. On the first, the band only played roughly three minutes of the track, Cave notes, adding that he and the Bad Seeds were trying to capture the energy that is often lost in overdubs and revisions.

At the moment, Anti-/Epitaph have a contract to release only "Nocturama," but a label spokesperson says the company hopes to release all three. In the past, the band's albums have been released by Mute/Warner Bros. in the U.S.

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