There is an internet rumour that Southern Death Cult couldÃÂ reform.
It could be digital whispers, infact it probably is digital whispers but it would be an interesting project.
The band’s influence has never been properly credited and their debut album has aged really well and is one of the key post punk records (that’s post punk as it really was and not the currently edited version that misses out bands like SDC whose music was breathtakingly groundbreaking).
Why have they been removed from the narrative? it’s hard to say. They were lumped into Goth, a scene which didn’t even exist when they were going and Goth never gets good press. Maybe Goth was too dressed up, too successful on its own terms.
Southern Death Cult were loved by Peel and I remember seeing them outside the BBC on the way to recording their debut Peel session when we were down there trying to give Peel a membranes demo. SDC looked great in all their finery, they looked like a band. Live they were rousing. The gig they played Futurama 4 Festival at Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, North Wales on September 12th 1982 was a signpost pop culture moment, a moment when the north really did rise again with a whole lot of bands appearing.
If they were ever to reform, like the digital whispers are hoping for, the time is now. There is unfinished business to be done. The band are still generally involved in music- Ian Astbury still fronts the Cult, who played a great gig in Manchester earlier this year, drummer Aki is still involved with Fun Da Mental, Buzz and Barry went on to form Into A Circle and Buzz went onto become an antigues dealer in the South Of France.
What do you think? comment now!