Ian Astbury says "Born Into This," the Cult's first set of new material in six years, is "the Cult 2007."
And that bears a striking similarity to the vintage Cult that made its mark in the mid-'80s and early '90s with hard rocking hits such as "Fire Woman," "Edie (Ciao Baby)," "Love Removal Machine" and "She Sells Sanctuary."
"I don't know what that means, 'vintage'," notes Astbury, 45, who founded the Cult with guitarist Billy Duffy in 1983. "I just think that we decided to make an impulsive record and see what we had.
"It wasn't watered down. There are mistakes. Could we have arranged it differently? Probably. Could it be better? Perhaps. But it wasn't designed and contrived in any way for any particular marketplace. It was just made the way it was. It's an honest record, and maybe that's what people are relating to."
"Born Into This" also finds Astbury returning to the Cult fold after spending a few years with Doors co-founders Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in a group that was known first as the Doors of the 21st Century and then Riders on the Storm. He calls it "an amazing adventure for me" but says he felt that after three and a half years "the mission was complete for me."
"I learned so much from them, every day" Astbury says. "I love that (Doors) material so much, I almost had to ween myself off it, almost like I became a junkie with it.
"But I really felt I had to get on with my own material. After doing that kind of excellent material for so long, I was inspired to go away and try to write material and aspire to that level of excellence. I may never get there, but I feel so driven to try because of that time I spent with them."
The Cult, Action Action and the Cliks perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 20) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.. Tickets are $42.50 and $32.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.