Billy Dufy confirmed to have recorded his parts for The cultThe next album returns to the studio where the band recorded their debut album Dreamtime in 1984, and the new songs take some inspiration from that album and its groundbreaking sequel, Love.
Although the guitarist admits it’s too early to be objective about the album – it’s unlikely to surface before the end of 2022 – he gave a glimpse of what fans can look forward to. expect. “I would say it’s a rock album because all of our albums are rock albums, but I would say it’s a blues-free zone,” he told the Yorkshire Post. more into the blues rock ‘n’ roll genre. We just decided as a team. I did that elsewhere (in Coloursound) with Mike (Peters) from The Alarm.
This means any semblance of a reversal that The Cult made with their sound on the Rick Rubin-led 1987 album Electric and instead digging deeper to some degree.
“I hate the phrase ‘it’s like your first albums,'” adds Duffy, “but with this one we wanted to keep things a little more in that vein, more in the Love/Dreamtime palate, and maybe- to be like the ’94 album that fans loved, our post-grunge apocalypse album that was just called The Cult.
“But it’s also more than that because it’s pretty epic in its scale,” he continues, “it’s a pretty big record, it’s not small and twee in no way because Tom Dalgety [producer] makes big-sounding records. It’s a bit thematic, a bit cinematic in places, but there’s not a lot of that electric-age cult, typical AC/DC stuff.
This combination with Dalgety, who produced the debut of Royal Blood and later worked with Ghost and Pixies, could make for a powerful sonic brew. But the next album was also recorded under unusual circumstances. While Duffy and the rest of the line-up recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth where The Cult followed Dreamtime in the 80s, frontman Ian Astbury was forced to follow his voice to the United States.
“Because of the pandemic, it was kind of done long distance,” Duffy reveals. “For example, Ian never set foot in Rockfield. I was there with [Tom] Dalgety and the band, but Ian was in America and things were done remotely, which was a shame, but it just couldn’t be done any other way. Now, that’s the classic example for a lot of bands where you’ve made an album now that you’re learning to play it. It’s very different from what it was in the 80s.”
Read the full Yorkshire Post interview here (opens in a new tab). The Cult are touring the UK with Alice Cooper before going on tour in the US. Visit worship.us (opens in a new tab) for dates.