One of the latest projects of Aussie rock icons Nick Cave and Warren Ellis — both of the Bad Seeds and Grinderman — is the score to Hell Or High Water, a new film directed by David Mackenzie and starring legends like Chris Pine and ‘The Dude’ himself, Jeff Bridges.
Hell Or High Water features a score from Cave and Ellis, from which you can hear two brooding excerpts, below. The film will also include songs by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt and Chris Stapleton.
In a statement (via Pitchfork), Mackenzie speaks about the music Cave and Ellis have made for the film:
“What I love about Nick and Warren’s film music is that it’s epic and expansive without being grandiose,” he says. “For me as a filmmaker this hits a sweet spot where the score is able to have scale and emotion but not feel manipulative or overwhelming.”
Hell Or High Water, which is set for release on 12th August, follows two brothers, Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), who go on a bank robbery spree, putting them in the line of fire of a local West Texas Ranger (Bridges) who tried to hunt them down. The film’s soundtrack is also set for release on 12th August.
Catch the film’s official trailer and tracklist alongside some of Cave and Ellis’ score, below.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are also releasing a new album this September, but they’ll be premiering it as a concert film first.
Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Comancheria (From ‘Hell Or High Water’)
Listen: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Mama’s Room (From ‘Hell Or High Water’)
Watch: ‘Hell Or High Water’ – Official Trailer
‘Hell Or High Water’ OST:
01 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Comancheria”
02 Townes Van Zandt: “Dollar Bill Blues”
03 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Mama’s Room”
04 Ray Wylie Hubbard: “Dust of the Chase”
05 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Texas Midlands”
06 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Robbery”
07 Waylon Jennings: “You Ask Me To”
08 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Mountain Lion Mean”
09 Colter Wall: “Sleeping on the Backtop”
10 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “From My Cold Dead Hands”
11 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Lord of the Plains”
12 Scott H. Biram: “Blood, Sweat and Murder”
13 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Casino”
14 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “Comancheria II”
15 Chris Stapleton: “Outlaw State of Mind”