An end of an era today with Mick Harvey ending his role in the band that he has been a part of since they first formed. His relationship with Nick Cave stretches back into the days of The Birthday Party and he has filled the role of musical sidekick to Cave and director of the Bad Seeds’ affairs since the start.
In recent years Warren Ellis has taken a much stronger role in the band which led to the formation of Grinderman as a side project to The Bad Seeds. In retrospect the signs were there at the recent All Tomorrow’s Parties shows with Harvey playing a noticeably quiter role in the band, less guitar , more keyboards, with Ellis firmly positioned stage left rather than his customary background spot.
Thanks for all your work in the Bad Seeds Mick, your legacy will remain strong and we look forward to other collaborations and solo albums that you will no doubt continue to release.
Mick Harvey press release:
“For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future.“I’m confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavours both musically and organizationally.
“It was a fantastic experience to finish my touring days in the band with the recent shows in Australia and the unique events that took place in conjunction with All Tomorrow’s Parties, especially Mt. Buller, which was one of the many highlights of my involvement with the band throughout the years.
“I shall continue working on the Bad Seeds back catalogue re-issues project over the coming year and look forward to the new opportunities I shall be able to accommodate as a result of my changed circumstances.”