Grinderman’s “dreaded comeback” at Coachella 2013
Never believe a damn thing Nick Cave says.
Just over a year since “winding up” Grinderman on stage at the Meredith Music Festival, his sleazy rock outfit – featuring fellow Bad Seeds Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos – have apparently reformed for April’s Coachella festival in the US.
Revealed today, the festival poster features Grinderman on day one of the festival (April 12 and 19), billed alongside the likes of The Stone Roses, Blur, Modest Mouse and, er, Lou Reed. Meanwhile, the Bad Seeds have been confirmed for day three of the festival (April 14 and 21), along with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend and Social Distortion.
Cave unexpectedly pulled the pin on Grinderman on the final night of the Meredith Music Festival in 2011, telling the crowd “that’s it” for the band. “It’s over,” he declared. “See you in 10 years when we’ll be even older and uglier.”
But speaking exclusively to FL in the days following the announcement, drummer Jim Sclavunos left the door slightly ajar for a reunion. “We were finished with what we had to do as Grinderman and it’s time to move on, for now at least, and the next thing we are moving onto is The Bad Seeds,” he said. “The way I see it is it’s kind of our prerogative as musicians to do whatever we think is the right thing at the time and also to change our minds as we see fit.
“Grinderman was one of my favourite bands to play with,” he continued, “and yes I’m sad to see it go, but there’s always the prospect of the dreaded comeback tour!”
Other reformations on the Coachella 2013 lineup include Jurassic 5, The Postal Service and Violent Femmes. Violent Femmes and Jurassic 5 will both be playing their first shows since 2007, while The Postal Service will be reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album. Modest Mouse and Johnny Marr are also both billed on the first day of the festival, which suggests that Marr could potentially perform as a guest with the band he left in 2009.