The Cult formed in 1983 and their legacy and influence in music still resonates today. Many contemporary Post-Punk acts can trace their lineage back to The Cult, whether it's Garage revivalists The Vines in the early 00s, the Goth Rock stylings on The Horrors first album 'Strange House' later on in the 00s, or even more recently than that acts like Savages and the current crop of Post-Punk revival acts sweeping throughout the UK.
The Cult are Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitars), John Tempesta (drums), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Damon Fox (keyboards + rhythm guitar), since forming they have ascended the ranks of the music world to achieve global status selling millions of albums and touring around the world.
Their performance at Coachella in 2014 was hailed by Rolling Stone as “the Messianic moment of Coachella 2014.”
On the 5th February 2016 The Cult will release their 10th studio album 'Hidden City', it's their first album in three years and is cited as a brutal and beautiful masterpiece. 'Hidden City' will be the final chapter in their critically acclaimed album trilogy that began with 2007’s 'Born Into This' and was followed by 'Choice of Weapon' in 2012. On the new album Astbury had this to say;
“Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual and intimate interior lives. I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond - not react, to observe, participate and share my thoughts through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.”
Check out the video for the lead single 'Hinterland' below. On the video Astbury said;
“Hinterland is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a young woman as she realizes her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. Hinterland is filled with symbolism reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet's natural rhythms.”
Photograph by Tim Cadiente