Mick Harvey, who has been in bands with Nick Cave since 1973, released a statement today that he has quit their longest running project, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Music Radar reports the statement says:
“For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future. I’m confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavors both musically and organizationally.”
Harvey met Nick Cave in Australia at Caulfield Grammar School when they were teenagers, forming the band The Birthday Party (originally The Boys Next Door). The pair formed their next band while living in Berlin.
The last album the pair have released together was last year’s phenomenal Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!