THE CULT Frontman: 'We Live In A Pick-And-Choose World'

Michael Christopher of LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

LA Weekly: Three years ago you declared, "The album is dead."

Ian: Privately, I still believe it is dead — or at least the format is dead. Maybe the concept isn't dead. The culture is more interested in short, sharp bursts of information. Remember those pick-and-choose stores where you could go in and get whatever candy you want? That's the lifestyle we live in; we live in a pick-and-choose world.

LA Weekly: What made you return to the LP?

Ian: Fans of the band were banging on the door, saying, "We love the music and we want more and we want it now," and then we got a load of labels sniffing around, saying, "This is really great material." Having said that, we had recent conversations over the past few days, Billy [Duffy, guitar] and I, about what we're going to do next. He said, "We could return to the capsule format." And I went, "Oh! We can do both!" So that was the epiphany.

LA Weekly: You and Billy have had your ups and downs. What's the working dynamic like these days?

Ian: When we polarize each other and we neutralize the environment and it becomes stagnant and nothing gets done — that's not good. When we polarize each other and we get that kind of, like, still looking at each other and we're still connected? Then we get good shit. Then we can kind of come back into the space, and something else comes out of it, like a third element, and we sit back and listen to it and it's, like, "Whoa — that's pretty intense." And that's what kind of happened in this instance.

Read the entire interview from LA Weekly.


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