Nick Cave loses a founding Bad Seed member

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (Mick Harvey is second from right)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (Mick Harvey is second from right)

After 36 years of working with Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey has quit The Bad Seeds. Harvey was a founding member of Cave's previous band The Birthday Party when they were known as The Boys Next Door back in 1973.

"For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds," said Harvey in a statement.

"After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future."

"I'm confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavours both musically and organizationally."


For now, Harvey will continue to work on The Bad Seeds' back-catalogue reissues project. He's already experimented with numerous side-projects and solo albums throughout his career so expect more where that came from.

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