Little over two years ago, Cult frontman Ian Astbury boldly declared that his band would never again release a new album, ostensibly disillusioned with the music industry and opting instead to churn out a series of ‘capsule’ format EPs featuring only a handful of new tracks to appease their hardcore following.
Whether this was the genuine stance of one of rock’s most enigmatic figures or simply a delayed reaction to the largely tepid response from critics and fans alike that met their last full output, 2007’s ‘Born Into This’, is a question that only Astbury himself could answer with any kind of clarity.
After all, his notoriously unpredictable, occasionally outright bewildering behaviour throughout the band’s 30 years has led those in the know to take most of his comments with a pinch of salt these days.
The Cult have confirmed an appearance at next month’s South By Southwest festival as they prepare to release their first album in five years.
Our friends at ZANI recently interviewed one of rock’s most intriguing front men ever - Ian Astbury of The Cult. He discusses the future of music, UNKLE, Damien Hirst, Hip Hop, Filmmaking, The Cult, The Doors and much more.
“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, and religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”.
James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Your place of origin is an important piece of our psychosocial make up. It shapes our views, religion, behaviour and attitude. Staying loyal to your roots is commendable and the heritage of your municipality is passed down to the next generation, creating a sense of worth and pride.
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