We No Who U R - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

from the album Push The Sky Away (2013)

The worst part of being at SXSW this week is the long lists of bands I did not get to see.  With over 1600 top-notch acts to chose from, your best bet is to find a good spot and let the music come to you. Still for me, the band I most regret missing was Nick Cave & The Band Seeds.  We simply got to the venue too late.  The good news was that the rest of the evening's line-up - Cafe Tacuba, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Alt-J - each put on a great show.  Still, it is too bad about Nick Cave.

The reason for this disappointment is that I could not wait to hear them play We No Who U R from their new album.  I recently had my freaky friends on my back deck for late night cocktails and I cranked upthis tune.  They approved.  The song has a haunting vibe, commanding vocals, and a unconventional theme that I particularly dig.

This song is offered from the point of view of angry trees advising us humans that they will seek retribution for our environmental sins. The lyrics get increasingly ominous as the song progresses, with early warnings of "And we breathe it in" giving way to "And we know who you are, and we know where you live, and we know there's no need to forgive, again."

The song title also proves that angry trees spell no better than Prince.

I am going to make it a point to track down a Nick Cave show somewhere down the line.  I have to see this song played live.

Click Here to watch the music video.  The use of the handheld camera to capture human shadows on the trees during a night time walk in a wintertime forrest perfectly captures the song's eerie vibe. Check it out.