Nick Cave’s iconic post-punk band The Birthday Party are the subject of the new documentary Mutiny in Heaven from filmmaker Ian White, and in a newly released first look at the project, the band look back on the “monstrous beast” that was their live show. Check out the clip below.
The Birthday Party were sort of like The Velvet Underground; they may not have sold a ton of records, but everyone who did pick up a release from the group was probably inspired to make music of their own. Of course, the Melbourne/London/Berlin band skewed much darker than the New York art rockers, and their live gigs often erupted into violence.
Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Rowland S. Howard, and Phil Calvert look back on those turbulent days in a new clip, appropriately titled “A Monstrous Beast Live.” Thanks to a lot of drugs and alcohol, as well as pure anticipation for the gigs, the band proclaim “we weren’t really in control” of themselves.
Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party combines the band’s voiceovers with never-before-seen live footage and new animations. Directed by White, the documentary boasts Harvey as executive producer and music supervisor and longtime The Birthday Party friend Wim Wenders as executive producer. The film premieres on September 1st, with 55 screenings in cities across North America to follow. It will become available on video-on-demand later this year.
In addition to documentary screenings, Nick Cave will embark on a book tour this fall in support of last year’s Faith, Hope and Carnage. He’s also confirmed that a new album with the Bad Seeds is on the way. Find tickets to all of the artist’s upcoming events here.