Nick Cave’s new sideproject band Grindernman are to release their third single “(I Don’t Need You To) Set Me Free” on May 7.
The single taken from their self-titled debut album will be available as a limitd edition one-sided 7″ vinyl and as a digital download.
The band who also consists of Bad Seeds members Martyn Casey, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos are making their live debut at All Tomorrow’s Parties next weekend, April 27-28 – where Nick Cave will also perform a headline solo show.
Grinderman will also now play a lunchtime instore show at HMV Oxford Circus on May 9.
Discussing the new single, Cave explains he was inspired by John Lee Hooker. He says: “I was trying to find a way into what I wanted the lyrics to be concerned with. I was listening to John Lee Hooker and I heard these lines buried deep in one of his songs: ‘I went down to my baby’s house/And I sat down on the step.’ And in that instant, I knew I’d found a way in, you know, to the album. That’s all you need, a way in. Lyrically, the whole album rests on those two lines.”
He continues rather puzzlingly: “The protagonist in “Set Me Free” is disconnected from things whilst his ‘other’ has left him in order to engage in the world. The protagonist no longer has a “witness”, he is alone, and left to metaphorically “sit down on the step.”