by Rock ‘n Roll Ghost
The Cult recently played at the annual SXSW music festival, performing in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000 at Austin, TX’s Auditorium Shores. Part of the performance was filmed by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick for one of his upcoming feature films starring Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Malickshot improvised scenes backstage with the members of The Cult as well.
Other celebrities in attendance at the band’s SXSW shows were Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), who even played congas on two songs with the band and Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher) who hung out backstage at Chevrolet Sound Garage.
The Cult debuted a handful of new songs – “Honey From a Knife,” “The Wolf,” “Lucifer” and “For The Animals” – from their upcoming album Choice of Weapon, due out May 22 on Cooking Vinyl, as well as peppering the set with some of their biggest hits – “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Fire Woman” and “Wild Flower.”
Choice of Weapon is The Cult‘s first new album in five years. Founding members Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy wrote the album, which was produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.) and Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult‘s platinum selling Sonic Temple). The band recorded the album in New York, Los Angeles, in the California high desert and the band’s Witch Mountain studio with long-time members John Tempesta on drums and bassist Chris Wyse. The Cult has announced tour plans for Europe this summer and the UK in September; North American dates will be announced shortly.