When THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury had the idea for SALEM to remix a song off THE CULT's new release, "Choice Of Weapon", he reached out to SALEM as an admirer, using an e-mail he found on and EP he had. The band responded and chose "Elemental Light", which resulted in an ethereal, beat-driven verison of the song. Ian then called in the cinematic prowess of director/acclaimed fine artist Kostas Seremetis to create a visual element for the remix, and the result is more short film than music video.
"The sentiment of this film captures the loss of wilderness, and a generation trying to make sense of the trash heap they have inherited," Astbury says of the project. "It evokes nature versus man, that struggle [and] desire to control nature and ultimately death.”
The film recently premiered on IFC.com, and and can now be seen below.
THE CULT recently released a "prequel" to accompany "Choice Of Weapon". The digital-only release "Weapon Of Choice" reveals the songs at a stage of development that will be of interest to THE CULT's fans and followers. "Weapon Of Choice" is a document of a work in progress and offers a unique opportunity to hear THE CULT's process. The material had not been previously released, and is available exclusively on iTunes for two months only beginning October 16.
The ten tracks that comprise "Weapon Of Choice" were recorded when THE CULT returned to the studio in 2011 with producer Chris Goss. The songs were conceived in New York, Los Angeles, the California desert and the band's Witch Mountain studio.