A satisfied Ian Astbury declares the Cult's new album, "Choice of Weapon," to be "one of the strongest records we've ever made."
"It's coherent. It's cohesive. It's very confident, and the statements are very bold," the singer says of the hard rock quartet's first new studio album in five years. "Some may feel there's a certain arrogance to it, but I think there's a healthy confident to this record.
"We knew it wasn't going to be superficial. The gloves were coming off. We were going to show it as raw and as intimate as we could."
The statements Astbury refers to on the 10-track set, which came out in May and was co-produced by Bob Rock, who handled 1989's platinum "Sonic Temple," are both topical and political. He predicts that the outspoken sentiments will "in some ways polarize our audience," but he's hardly sorry the group took that course.
"We certainly didn't sidestep the times that we live in and what's going on around us in the world," Astbury, 50, says. "Our intention was to make a record that was fresh. It's of it's time, and we captured exactly where we're at right now, in the early part of the 21st century.
"I'm watching so many artists just terrified to make a statement of any kind. They're afraid they're going to get ripped apart in the blogosphere or torn apart by some critic who's basically just out of diapers. So many (artists) seem to be scared to come out and say what they feel. A lot of rock 'n' roll music has lost its teeth, but...not ours."
The Cult performs Saturday, June 2, as part of Beaverfest, a three-day event Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 at the Windsor Riverfront Amphitheatre. Individual and multi-day tickets, as well as VIP packages, are available. Visit www.beaverfest.ca for schedules and other information.
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