The Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds official web site has relaunched today (Christmas Day, 25th December 2007). Visit the site to listen to the first single, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, see the new album artwork by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster and watch the first of a series of exclusive short videos, “1. Lest I Shiver”.

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nickcave.jpgNick Cave And The Bad Seeds release their 14th studio album DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! on 3rd March 2008 on Mute and in the US on Anti (US release date tbc).

Produced by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Nick Launay who worked with the band on their last album Abattoir Blues/ Lyre of Orpheus, the new album was recorded over the summer at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove in Chiswick.

The album features artwork by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The first single from the album – and the album┬╣s title track – DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! – is released on February 18th 2008. It will be available as a limited edition 7″, CD and download. The B-side features another new Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds song Accidents Will Happen.

From Christmas Day you will be able to hear the single on this web site. On Boxing Day, tune in to Shaun Keaveny’s 6Music breakfast show at 9am to hear an exclusive interview with Nick Cave and more music from the new album. Find the band on MySpace

“Ever since I can remember hearing the Lazarus story, when I was a kid, you know, back in church, I was disturbed and worried by it. Traumatized, actually. We are all, of course, in awe of the greatest of Christ’s miracles – raising a man from the dead – but I couldn’t help but wonder how Lazarus felt about it. As a child it gave me the creeps, to be honest. I’ve taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest. I wanted to create a kind of vehicle, a medium, for Houdini to speak to us if he so desires, you know, from beyond the grave. Sometimes, late at night, if you listen to the song hard enough, you can hear his voice and the sad clanking of his chains. “I don’t know what it is but there is definitely something going on upstairs”, he seems to be saying. It is, most of all, an elegy to the New York City of the 70’s.” – Nick Cave



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