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“It is a ache within the arse”


Nick Cave has mentioned his expertise with tinnitus, calling it “the musician’s curse” and “a ache within the arse”.

The musician was replying to a query on his Pink Hand Recordsdata web site, from a fan who requested whether or not Cave suffered from tinnitus himself.

“Do you have got tinnitus?” the fan – Denise from New York Metropolis – requested: “What do you do when the ringing will get loud? I’ve had it for 15 years and have adjusted however as I become older and search extra solitude the crickets choir is at all times with me, blaring at prime quantity. I attempt to admire their alarm because the message “we’re alive” however in a nonetheless and quiet home they’re very noisy company who by no means depart.”

Cave then replied: “Warren [Ellis] claims his tinnitus is so dangerous that different folks can hear it. I believe that is nonsense and have advised him so, however he says the rationale I can’t hear his tinnitus is as a result of my very own tinnitus drowns it out.

“Nonetheless, it’s humorous I ought to learn your query now as a result of I’m sitting right here alone in my lodge room in Melbourne, having simply come again from rehearsals with Warren and the band, and my very personal ‘choir of crickets’ is screaming its idiotic head off. I’m debating whether or not I ought to go right down to the lodge restaurant, which for some motive thinks it’s cool to play unbelievably hideous music extraordinarily loudly if you are consuming, to drown the little fuckers out.”

Nick Cave
Nick Cave. Credit score: Francesco Prandoni/Getty Pictures

Cave went on: “Pricey, candy tinnitus — the musician’s curse. Mine is definitely fairly manageable more often than not, it comes and goes, and solely actually kicks off when I’m enjoying dwell music, which now I come to think about it’s more often than not. An ear specialist as soon as advised me there was not a lot I might do apart from to ‘love my tinnitus’ — after which charged me 300 quid. However, you already know, I don’t love my tinnitus, I don’t love my tinnitus in any respect, it’s a ache within the arse.

“So, I really feel for you, Denise, sitting there in your solitude, along with your tinnitus for firm, and I don’t actually have any recommendation for you, apart from to say, whether it is any comfort, that not solely my cricket choir is singing, loud and really clear, however Warren’s is simply too, and Larry’s and Colin’s (Greenwood), and Wendy’s and Janet’s and T Jae’s — all our dreary crickets singing their moronic and countless serenade again to you, you fantastic, tortured particular person, in your quiet however noisy home in New York Metropolis.”

Ending the reply with a joke, Cave stated: “Don’t strive calling a tinnitus helpline, it simply retains on ringing.”

After a busy summer time of pageant dates and the discharge of his new guide Religion, Hope and Carnage, Cave and his frequent collaborator Warren Ellis are heading house to Australia this month for a headline tour, which wraps up on December 17 in Sydney.

The singer additionally confirmed that he plans to start writing a brand new album on the finish of this yr. At a Q&A at London’s Southbank Centre final month (October 27), the place he spoke with journalist Sean O’Hagan about their new guide as a part of the London Literature Competition, Cave confirmed that, after the tour ends, he’ll start writing a brand new file.



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