i listened to the recent albums and it seemed pretty boring (not because its slow, thats good... just lacks that spark) but when i got into ENGINE it blown my mind, powerful album, and yeah Ayan-Ray i can feel the Nick Cave vibe
The Restless Stranger is such an insanely underrated record - I can't believe they doesn't even acknowlegde the album themself. Having heard of all their albums incredibely much, TRS has such a raw and emotional energy that cannot be compared to anything else ...
I got into these guys around the time San Francisco came out, and I fell in love with them. I got them some chart time on a small college station I was Djing at during that time also. Saw them in Boston when they did their Love Songs tour, amazing! I wish Tim and Dan were still playing with them. Favorite album is a toss up between Everclear and California. Thats a hard one.
I LOVE this band! Saw them play in So. Sioux City, NE one winter's day back in the late '80's. They got separated from their van with most of their instruments in a snow storm, so they played an all acoustic set for my small group of friends. They were all so genuine!