The Grammy Museum will honor The Cult Thursday, February 4th with an intimate performance and discussion on their career and forthcoming album, Hidden City. American Express presents, “An Evening With The Cult”, Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 8:00PM at The Grammy Museum, room A245, 800 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Doors Open at 7:30PM. Tickets are $25.00 and go on sale Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:00PM PST. Pre-sale tickets now on sale, via AXS, here.
The Cult just released the video for ‘Hinterland’ from its upcoming album Hidden City, due out February 5. As Astbury told Billboard, “ ‘Hinterland' is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome,” Astbury says. “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.”
‘Hinterland’ is the third song to be released from Hidden City. On November 6, 2015, the band released a lyric video for the first single, ‘Dark Energy’, via UpRoxx. Following the Paris Terror Attacks the band released a video as tribute on November 15, via Billboard, with the song ‘Deeply Ordered Chaos’
The Cult formed in 1983 from the ashes of The Southern Death Cult (and later Death Cult), and features Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, the only constant members. They built a strong following blending post-punk and gothic rock with 60s psychedelia on the first album Dreamtime and continued to explore this successfully with the critically-acclaimed 1985 album Love. Love featured three singles, ‘She Sells Sanctuary’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Revolution’ though the entire album is hailed as a classic by critics and fans alike. Awash in Duffy’s shimmering guitars and Astbury’s soaring tenor, the album was a huge success, charting Top 5 in the U.K. and breaking through in the U.S. via college and alternative radio stations. The band toured extensively to support the record before returning to England to record the follow-up.
The band was unhappy with the sound of the follow-up to Love, entitled Peace, and flew to New York to record with Rick Rubin. In 1987 the band released Electric, which completely changed its sound. Now raw and blues-influenced, the album and subsequent videos found the band trading its psychedelic trappings for a stripped-down denim and leather biker rock sound. Songs like ‘Love Removal Machine’, ‘Lil Devil’ and ‘Wildflower’ redefined the band and got huge airplay on MTV and redefined the band in the States.
The Cult returned two years later with the Bob Rock-produced Sonic Temple, which was a worldwide success on the strength of the singles, ‘Fire Woman’, ‘Sun King’, ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’ and ‘Sweet Soul Sister’. The Cult released two more albums, Ceremony and the self-titled 1994 album The Cult before disbanding. They returned five years later, touring the world on “The Cult Rising Tour” and landed a new record deal with Lava/Atlantic, resulting in Beyond Good And Evil in 2001, which featured the hit song ‘Rise’. The group disbanded again and came back in 2007 with Born Into This and has remained together since. Their ninth studio album, Choice of Weapon, was released on 22 May 2012 on Cooking Vinyl and land at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The Cult will release their tenth studio album Hidden City on February 5, 2016. The Cult is Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitars), John Tempesta (drums), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass) and Damon Fox (keyboards and rhythm guitar).