Listen: Nick Cave and Deb Harry Perform Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s ‘The Breaking Hands’

Since his time in Grinderman has finished, Nick Cave has directed his attention to The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project, titled The Journey Is Long. Following up the acclaimed 2009 project, We Are Only Riders, the second instalment will feature unreleased tracks from the late Gun Club frontman’s arsenal, performed and brought to life by old friends and collaborators.

Audio from the track The Breaking Hands performed by Nick Cave and Deborah Harry has surfaced online, available here through Mess+Noise.

“The idea was that, these are not our songs, we merely interpret them,” explains Cypress Grove, who is also contributing on the album. “This is not a tribute project, which usually consists of third rate re-treads of an artist’s most famous work, but brand new material from beyond the grave. In some cases the artists have had to finish the songs, so there can be no nonsense about this not being as good as the original version as these are the original versions! It’s a musical collective of artists who have come together to interpret or complete skeletal, unfinished material by Jeffrey. Where possible we have used Jeffrey’s contributions, so he actually appears posthumously on this album.”

The album will be released March 30th on German label Glitterhouse on both CD and double vinyl, with 20-page booklet featuring memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Kris Needs. Proceeds from the first volume went to Amnesty International

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