Grinderman are an alternative rock band formed by Nick Cave (vocals, electric guitar, organ, piano), Warren Ellis (electric bouzouki, Mandocastor, violin, viola, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Martyn P. Casey (bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals) and Jim Sclavunos (drums, percussion, backing vocals) in London, United Kingdom, 2006. With all members of the band also involved in the better known band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman was initiated as a side project to alleviate some of the pressures from of its older brother. The band's name is inspired by a Memphis Slim song, "Grinder Man Blues", which Cave is noted to have started singing during one of the band's early rehearsal sessions.
After the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ The Lyre of Orpheus in 2005, Cave began experimenting with the guitar, an instrument he rarely toyed with. This subsequently lead to a new sound for the band and the establishment of Grinderman. Characterised by raw, powerful guitar driven melodies due in no small part to Cave’s rudimentary guitar skills, Grindermans self-titled debut album, Grinderman, was released in 2007 to extremely positive reviews. They followed this up with Grinderman 2, released in 2010 which again whet the appetite of music critiques everywhere. Less interested in commercial sales, the band have gone about things their own way in true Nick Cave fashion and are a refreshing burst of alternative rock with a characteristic Nick Cave swagger. With what’s sure to be an extensive touring schedule post Grinderman 2’s release, you’d be silly not to look these guys up and indulge.