Last night, Austin City Limits continued its 40th season with a dark and brooding performance from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
The setlist spanned the band’s entire career, with sprawling, epic performances of tracks from the last 30 years. A third of the songs come from their most recent album, last year’s Push The Sky Away, but fans at the Moody Theater were treated to old-school hits as well, going as far back as the title track from their 1984 debut album, From Her To Eternity.
They kicked the set off with the slow-burning “Jubilee Street,” a track which would set the mood for the entire set. Each song became its own miniature symphony during the performance, expanding and contracting with Cave’s maniac glowering. The dynamic range of the show was impressive, with songs like “Tupelo” and “Red Right Hand” bouncing from near-silence to chaotic cacophony.
Cave brought things down for “Love Letter” and “God Is In The House,” both tracks from 2001′s No More Shall We Part. The crowd went silent for the heartfelt piano performances, but the smoldering energy came back for “The Mercy Seat,” from 1988′s Tender Prey.
The band ended the set with “Push The Sky Away,” with whispered lyrics and ambient keyboard sounds leading to a quiet but powerful close. Following the set, Cave sat down briefly to discuss the influences of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen, and his own personal reflection. Watch the full episode above.
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS AUSTIN CITY LIMITS SETLIST 11.01.2014
- “Jubilee Street”
- “Red Right Hand”
- “From Her to Eternity”
- “Love Letter”
- “God is in the House”
- “The Mercy Seat”
- “Push the Sky Away”