The year was 1984, and from England’s vibrant music scene emerged The Cult, shedding its old name and taking flight like a butterfly from its chrysalis. Their story is now etched in the annals of post-punk and rock ‘n’ roll, a tale of transformation and rebirth that continues to captivate the hearts and minds of their followers worldwide. As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, fans can now enjoy a special vinyl reissue of “Dreamtime,” their debut album, courtesy of Beggars Banquet. The release is set for February 23rd
The Cult’s journey began with its earlier forms, Southern Death Cult and then Death Cult, before they settled on their current, evocative name. The band, led by the charismatic Ian Astbury and the guitar wizardry of Billy Duffy, has traversed a remarkable path over four decades, producing 11 studio albums and selling over four million albums worldwide, garnished with gold and platinum accolades both in the UK and abroad.
“Dreamtime” was more than just an album; it was a declaration of a new musical direction, moving away from the goth and punk roots that first defined the band. Astbury and Duffy infused their music with elements inspired by indigenous cultures from the Americas and Australia, creating a sound that was both powerful and distinctive. The album’s first single, “Spiritwalker,” soared to the top of the UK’s independent chart, setting the stage for The Cult’s unique and enduring musical journey.
The band gained international fame with their 1985 album “Love,” featuring the rock anthem “She Sells Sanctuary,” and continued their success with the 1989 release “Electric,” which included hits like “Love Removal Machine,” “Wild Flower,” and “Lil’ Devil.” Their latest offering, “Under the Midnight Sun,” has been praised for maintaining the band’s fiery passion and melodic flair.
2023 saw a thrilling development as Astbury and Duffy briefly revived Death Cult for a series of live performances, including a special U.S. show at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel and several sold-out dates in the UK, like at the Brixton Electric.
The upcoming “Dreamtime” reissue, out on February 23rd, 2024, is available for pre-order now and features oxblood (indie-retail) and black vinyl editions.
And for fans eager for more insights, Post-Punk.com recently featured an exclusive interview with Ian Astbury, delving deeper into the mystique and legacy of The Cult. This conversation is a must-read for anyone captivated by the band’s shamanic and gothic allure.
The full interview can be found here.
- A1. Horse Nation
- A2. Spiritwalker
- A3. 83rd Dream
- A4. Butterflied
- A5. Go West
- B1. Gimmick
- B2. A Flower In the Desert
- B3. Dreamtime
- B4. Rider In the Snow
- B5. Bad Medicine Waltz