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Album Version (2013)


Live Version (Glastonbury 2013)

Taken individually, almost identical but having had the good fortune to see Mr Cave and his band play in Ireland recently at a ‘summer’ festival. I use ‘summer’ loosely her with said event occurring under mostly grey skies and the windswept, rainy fields of Westmeath. Though, this sullen climate was in keeping with the brooding atmosphere whipped by the Bad Seeds and its charismatic master of ceremonies.

Curse my memory if the first song they didn’t play was indeed ‘Jubilee Street‘ thus setting the tone for a thrilling night of astounding showmanship from the blackclad Melbourne frontman on a slippery hill in the country. He crooned, he prowled, he shimmied, he serenaded, he testified, he delivered the goods with a level of intensity that shook the very earth under our feet.

On their most recent longplayer, the understated ‘Push The Sky Away’, Jubilee Street is sinuous, threatening, slowly building to an elegant crescendo. Live however, it’s a more ferocious proposition with the tempo changing several times without you noticing and before you notice, it’s powered by rocket fuel with guitars and screeching violins bringing it to a glorious close.