The Cult’s ‘Sonic Temple’ Reissued and Leeds Live Date Confirmed
by Victoria Holdsworth
It has been 30 years since the one of the most iconic British rock bands of all time, The Cult, released their greatest ever album, Sonic Temple. Originally released in 1989, it proved to be a pivotal moment for both band and the wider rock scene. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, Sonic Temple included four big selling singles; ‘Fire Woman’, ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, ‘Sun King’ and ‘Sweet Soul Sister’.
In a recent interview about the album, main man Ian Astbury explained how the band brought together hard rock and indie rock to create the unique, game-changing sounds on Sonic Temple.
“We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences. It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of ‘the indie outsider.’”
“A gathering and celebration”
The album catapulted The Cult into superstar status, and remains their most commercially successful release. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone, and was declared platinum in 1990. It made it to number 10 on the Billboard charts, and the aforementioned songs all remain rock-radio staples to this day.
The set list for the ‘A Sonic Temple’ tour draws from The Cult’s 10 studio albums with the centrepiece being a super set that’s focused on the core songs from Sonic Temple; some of these songs have not been performed since the album was originally released. Each show will be a gathering and celebration for Cult fans – an opportunity to come together for one night – an event that will be memorable for all who attend.
As Billy Duffy stated, about the tour in a recent interview, “I’d like fans to not only allow themselves a little indulgence into maybe simpler, happier times of the late 80s for a few hours at a ST19 show. But also be happy that the music is now really their possession, not ours, and to do with it what they will.”
The Cult will be selling sanctuary at the O2 Academy in Leeds on October 20th
Top image: Andrew MacPherson