HOME SOUNDcheck GOhear GOview GOread GOplaces DOmore


  » Contact Us
  » Advertise With Us

  » Classifieds
  » Newspaper Ads

The Cult's deliver an "Electric" night on current tour

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

» See more SOUND CHECK

It's not a particularly notable anniversary year -- the 26th -- for The Cult's "Electric" album. But after playing its 1985's "Love" in its entirety for its 20th anniversary two years ago, the group was amenable to doing the same for its successor.

"Well, the next thing you know the whispers start -- 'Why don't you play 'Electric?' " Cult frontman Ian Astbury says, adding that guitarist Billy Duffy "was very instrumental in suggesting 'Electric.' Initially I was like, 'We should really be in the studio making a record,' but we weren't quite there yet. So we decided we'd do a very limited run of 'Electric.'

"It's not like the big anniversary of 'Electric.' It's not a celebration of 'Electric.' It's us playing songs from the 'Electric' album. Some of the songs -- 'Wild Flower,' 'Love Removal Machine' -- have been in our set for 20 years. Some of them we haven't played in a long time, or ever. So we thought it would be a really cool thing to do."

"Electric," of course, holds a special place in The Cult's history as the group's breakthrough album to a mainstream rock audience after establishing itself an underground following. Produced by Rick Rubin, it's sold an estimated three million copies worldwide and earned rave reviews. It also caught the group in the midst of a stylistic transition.

"Our intention was to get away from this high-tech, highly layered, post-punk, post-modern sounds that were all around us at the time," Astbury recalls. "It was more about the musicianship and the actual sound of things. The intention was to become better as musicians and really create more space in the music, more dynamics, and really let the musicianship -- actual playing and performing ability -- drive the album as opposed to texture and sound."

Astbury says The Cult is also currently in "the composting stage" for its next album, the follow-up to 2012's "Choice of Weapon." He expects the group to do some writing on the road and hopes to have it out by the second quarter of 2014.

The Cult and White Hills perform Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

Send your thoughts and comments to Gary Graff


GO & DO Michigan, an Entertainment Portal
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the written permission of the copyright holder.

© Copyright MediaNews Group, Inc. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Arbitration