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Nick Cave reveals he moved to LA because Brighton "had just become too sad"

02 November 2021, 14:43 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

In the latest response on his fan Q+A site The Red Hand Files, Nick Cave has revealed that he relocated to LA from Brighton because it "had just become too sad" following his son's death.

In Cave's latest The Red Hand Files response, he answers three questions, one about how he wrote "Heart That Kills You", another asking if he's "just so fucking angry", and the third about why he moved away from Brighton.

As usual, Cave's response is heartfelt, and he links the lyrics from "Heart That Kills You" to the reason he and his wife Susie left Brighton following the death of his son Arthur in 2015. Cave wrote, "The words of the song go someway toward articulating why Susie and I moved from Brighton to L.A. Brighton has just become too sad. We did, however, return once we realised that, regardless of where we lived, we just took our sadness with us. These days, though, we spend much of our time in London, in a tiny, secret, pink house, where we are mostly happy."

On whether he's angry, Cave wrote, "As Susie and I grow older, the anger at the indifference and casual cruellty of this world can still burn bright, but it does not define us, for the oxygen that fuels that anger is love - love for the world and love for the people in it. Love becomes anger's great animator, as it should, as it must."

Back in September it was revealed that next year Cave will release Faith, Hope and Carnage, a new book that will cover the past six years following his son's death.

Read Nick Cave's full response at Last month Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds released their B-Sides & Rarities Part II album.
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