McQ briefly explores the influences of gothic due Lydia Lunch and Nick Cave.



It was in 1996 that Nick Cave released one of his most notorious, revered and seminal albums, it would also turn out to be his band’s–Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds–most commercially successful album of their career. The ‘Murder Ballads’ was its title and it was said to be heavily influenced by Cave’s love for Southern Gothic literature, which he would share with his former friend Lydia Lunch. So much so in 1989 Lunch, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and drummer Sadie Mae formed a band named after infamous Gothic author Harry Crews. Their debut album would take the title of ‘Naked In Garden Hills’ one of Crew’s more notions novels. It’s easy to see why the No Wave/ Hard core punk scene were so enamoured by his works. In an obituary by the New York Times in 2014 shortly after his death writer Sean Kitching described the authors writing as; ‘novels (that) out-Gothic Southern Gothic by conjuring a world of hard-drinking, punch-throwing, snake-oil-selling characters whose physical, mental, social and sexual deviations render them somehow entirely normal and eminently sympathetic.’



Southern Gothic literature mainly finds its home in the American South. Themes often present in this subgenre range from disturbing, eeriest settings, deeply flawed personalities, sinister events and even alienation—on understanding this, the veins that run through the music of Nick Cave and Lydia Lunch are suddenly more understandable. Other notable authors from the slightly macabre genre are Tennessee Williams of ‘ A Streetcar named Desire’ fame and Harper Lee known for her seminal piece of literature, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’