Nick Cave couldn’t face media to promote Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave
Nick Cave (Image credit: Getty)

The director of Nick Cave documentary One More Time With Feeling has explained why Cave decided to make a film documenting the making of his upcoming album Skeleton Tree.

Andrew Dominik reports Cave wanted to make the film so he wouldn’t have to face the media while promoting the record – as he wanted to avoid talking about the death of his son Arthur.

The 15-year-old died after he fell from a cliff in Brighton earlier this year. The inquest into his death revealed the teenager had taken LSD for the first time before the accident.

Speaking at the documentary’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Dominik says (via the Guardian): “Nick went into a newsagent in Brighton and saw a copy of Mojo – he realised he was going to have to promote the record.

“Arthur had died halfway through making it and the idea of promoting it made him feel sick, because he was going to have to discuss the context of the record with a whole bunch of journalists.

“That prospect was very alarming to him. His instinct in making the film was one of self-preservation – it was a way to talk about what happened, but there was a certain safety in doing it with someone he knew.”

Dominik continues: “Nick deals with everything in life by working. If his heart is broken he can turn it into a song, everything is a grist for the mill. But I don’t think the film, or the songs, helped him with his grief. Perhaps momentarily. But this thing is so big, you can’t even get your arms around it.”

Last week, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released a video for the track Jesus Alone, which featured footage from the film.

Skeleton Tree will be released on September 9 and is available for pre-order, with those purchasing ahead of its official release getting instant access to Jesus Alone.

The Skeleton Tree cover

The Skeleton Tree cover

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree tracklist

  1. Jesus Alone
  2. Rings Of Saturn
  3. Girl In Amber
  4. Magneto
  5. Anthrocene
  6. I Need You
  7. Distant Sky
  8. Skeleton Tree

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