The Cult Revisits Old Sound On New Album
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 15:46:09
Ian Astbury spoke to Billboard.com about The Cult's forthcoming album Born Into This, which the singer claims is a genuine return to form for the band. "Our last record, with all respect to [producer] Bob Rock...we were guilty as much as he was, it was an overproduced record. We just went too far with it. It took about a year-and-a-half to make [and] an exorbitant amount of money," he said and, well, since we own the record, we're inclined to agree.
Ultimately, what inspired The Cult's change in direction? Astbury told Billboard that he attributes it to drummer Matt Sorum's departure to join Velvet Revolver. "Matt's a very grand figure, and a very theatrical figure. He's a big guy and he holds a lot of space. A lot of our songs—especially the stuff we've been writing recently—we broke the kit right down, and made it smaller," he says.
"The kind of beats that I was going for were tribal beats, more punk rock, more direct. At some point, I got out the drum kit and started banging out some beats myself."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff