Song of the Day: Grinderman – Heathen Child

photo by Deirdre O Callaghan

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Todays selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Heathen Child” by Grinderman from their 2010 album Fields on Anti- Records.

Grinderman – Heathen Child (MP3)

I’m not sure what to say about the three guys in Grinderman that hasn’t been said in the past. This of course is the current side project of Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Scavalunos -– all members of the monumentally groundbreaking outfit Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. For me personally some of the work associated with these artists has permanently nestled itself within the ventricles of my stupid little heart (Cave’s The Boatman’s Call, The Dirty Three’s Whatever You Love, You Are). The emotional energy at the tips of these fingers – when properly harnessed could level a city.

With their second LP, Cave and his Bad Seed ex-patriots find continued success in rougher, less refined sounds. With Grinderman Cave writes / composes early song structures on the guitar –- rather than his native piano – thus leading to the kind of raw sound one would be quicker to associate with punks than world famous musicians. Fans of Cave’s post-punk outfit The Birthday Party will adore the grungy, borderline psychedelic guitar work of “Heathen Child.” Above the bluesy sludge of the instruments is the ever-present, omniscient voice of Mr. Cave -– towering from the pulpit with the kind of voice that forever commands attention.

Grinderman embarks on a world tour today beginning in Germany and ending in San Diego. Somewhere in the middle, say November 27thish, they will play the King Cat Theater here in Seattle! For now, here’s the freaky new video for today’s Song of the Day:

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