During September and October 1983, they recorded material with producer Flood, In December 1983 Cave returned to Melbourne, Australia, where he formed a temporary line-up of his backing band, due to Bargeld's absence, that included Pew and guitarist Hugo Race.The band performed their first live show at Seaview in St. Following a short Australian tour, and during a period when they were without management, Cave and his band returned to London.
Producer David Briggs, known for his work with Neil Young, was enlisted for the recording process.
The tour for the album is documented on 1993's live album Live Seeds and showcases the new group's aggressive sound.
The sound of The Boatman's Call, released in 1997, was a radical departure from the archetypal and violent narratives of the band's past, featuring songs about relationships, loss, and longing, often with sparse arrangements. the songs are of a moment when you felt a certain way. After the release of the album, Cave embarked on a brief hiatus, during which time he remarried.
Cave revealed his mindset during the creation of the album in a 2008 interview: "When I was making half that record I was furious because certain things had happened in my love life that seriously pissed me off. Following Cave's hiatus the band oversaw the release of Original Seeds, a compilation of material from other artists that influenced the group, as well as their own "best of" album The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld.