Bad Seeds kick off
American tour in the meantime.
By Blurt Staff
Cave on scoring film
“It’s exciting. It’s easy in the sense that it’s hugely
enjoyable, but it’s complex. It’s hugely enjoyable to make your own records
because you go in, you write something, it’s cool and you like it and you put
it out as a record. There’s no financiers or producers who then have to listen
to it and decide whether they like it or not, do you know what I mean?
“The whole film business, everything is done by committee,
it would seem. So what you feel about what you’ve created is highly irrelevant
in the process of making a film. You hand something in and the worth of it is
judged by people you’ve never even seen, so it’s mentally frustrating in that
way, but at times it’s hugely enjoyable because the kind of agony of original
creation, of having to think of the actual idea and the theme and what you’re
going to write about and all that kind of stuff, which is really very
difficult, the toughest part of songwriting for me, is not there. You’re simply
supplied everything by what’s on the screen.”
That’s Cave speaking to the Los Angeles Times in a lengthy article published today. Cave and the Bad Seeds are about to kick off their U.S. tour tonight in San Diego, of course. But what’s perhaps even
more interesting is that Cave and cohort Warren Ellis have been working on the
music for The Road, the forthcoming
film of Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name due to arrive in theaters Nov.
Directed by John Hillcoat (who
previously helmed 2005’s The Proposition that Cave also worked on), The Road stars Viggo Mortensen. The plot summary is described by IMDB.com thusly:
father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the
ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones,
and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the
coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have
nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that
stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food–and
Sounds like Cave country to us! For
the full synopsis, go HERE.
Some of Cave’s best work has been in
film – the aforementioned Proposition,
certainly, and his and Ellis’ score for 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And
longtime Cave watchers will cast their memories all he way back to 1988’s
obscure Ghosts… of the Civil Dead,
plus 1996’s To Have and to Hold, both
done with members of the Bad Seeds.
With the imminent release of The Road we can finally forgive him for
that contribution to the Batman Forever soundtrack….