The Cult return!
One of the great British rock n roll bands who emerged from one of the key bands from the post punk period Southern Death Cult and went on to dominate the era between hair metal and grunge, return with a new album.
The band, who are built around the core of Mancunian whizz guitar player Billy Duffy who taught Johnny Marr how to play and the last of the great rock n roll stars, Ian Astbury (check our interview with him here) ÃÂ have named their new album, ‘Choice Of Weapon’- their first studio album for five years.
With ten songs of the band back at the their most ‘raw and visceral’ this sounds very promising. Some of the songs they payed live last ÃÂ year when we saw them sounded great and their is something endless alluring about Ian Astbury’s rock n roll dreaming and great voice. Released on Cooking Vinyl on May 21stÃÂ its 10ÃÂ tracks revealÃÂ the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption.ÃÂ ÃÂ Fans can get an early taster ofÃÂ the album from 2pm on Tuesday 31stÃÂ January when the track ”ËLucifer’ will be available as a free download through the band’s websiteÃÂ www.thecult.us.ÃÂ Details are being confirmed for a worldwide tour and will be announced soon.
”ËChoice of Weapon‘ÃÂ is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 releaseÃÂ ”ËBorn Into This‘ÃÂ that the UK’s MojoÃÂ magazine calledÃÂ “a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record.” ÃÂ Long-timeÃÂ CultÃÂ collaborator and producer Bob Rock(Metallica,ÃÂ Bush)ÃÂ -ÃÂ who producedÃÂ one of The Cult‘s most successful albums, the platinum-certifiedÃÂ ”ËSonic Temple‘ÃÂ –ÃÂ put the finishing touches onÃÂ the foundations thatÃÂ wereÃÂ laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the StoneÃÂ Age,ÃÂ U.N.K.L.E.,Masters of Reality).
The recordÃÂ was written byÃÂ Ian AstburyÃÂ andÃÂ Billy Duffy,ÃÂ recorded inÃÂ New York City,ÃÂ Los Angeles,ÃÂ the California high desert,andÃÂ the band’sÃÂ Witch MountainÃÂ studios in the Hollywood HillsÃÂ betweenÃÂ July and December 2011. ÃÂ The new releasefeatures founding members Astbury on vocalsÃÂ and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta andÃÂ bassistÃÂ Chris Wyse.ÃÂ ÃÂ “We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today,”Â said Astbury. ÃÂ “They pushed us beyond our comfort zone,ÃÂ and helped us craftÃÂ ”ËChoiceÃÂ of Weapon.’”Â
The albumÃÂ is aimed at the heart of The Cult’s loyal following.ÃÂ ItÃÂ reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tideÃÂ of rampant materialism, narcissismÃÂ and disconnected lives.ÃÂ “We went deeper . . . weÃÂ worked a bit harder on this record.ÃÂ We have great fans and they deserve ourÃÂ best,”Â added Duffy,ÃÂ “andI feel this is as strong as any album we have ever released.”Â
The album is released as a special edition fan pack on May 14th,ÃÂ followed by digital and double vinyl on May 21stÃÂ and the CD andÃÂ deluxe CD’s on June 4th. ÃÂ The tracklistingÃÂ is as follows:
Honey from a Knife / Elemental Light / The Wolf / Life > Death / For The Animals
Amnesia / Wilderness Now / Lucifer / A Pale Horse / This Night In The City Forever