The Cult have returned today with the announcement of their first album in six years. Under the Midnight Sun, the English rock band’s 11th studio LP, is due out October 7th via Black Hill, and as a preview, they’ve shared the lead single “Give Me Mercy” today.
Produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood), Under the Midnight Sun was inspired in part by co-founding member’s Ian Astbury experience in at Provinssirock festival in Finland, witnessing that surreal stretch in summer north of the Arctic Circle when the sun doesn’t set: “It’s three in the morning, the sun’s up, and there’s all these beautiful people in this halcyon moment,” he writes in a press release. “People are laying on the grass, making out, drinking, smoking. There were rows of flowers at the front of the stage from the performances earlier that evening. It was an incredible moment.”
That oddly stunning experience manifests itself in Under the Midnight Sun, which pulls inspiration from Brian Jones, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Buddhism, the Beats, and the Age of Aquarius. As the band tell it, the record’s overarching message is about finding beauty in shared experiences — which oftentimes is music.
“Give Me Mercy” feels classically Cult, as the band envelop their gothic rock influences with a modern sheen. The music video, directed by Juan Azulay, uses juxtaposing imagery to emphasize the song’s themes of finding new meanings within society’s antiquated dualities. Listen to “Give Me Mercy,” and see the artwork and tracklist for Under the Midnight Sun, below.
The Cult’s last album was 2016’s Hidden City. They’ll be headed on a brief North American tour throughout this month, which you can get tickets for over at Ticketmaster. Update: The Cult have added a fall leg of North American tour dates; the full schedule can be seen below and tickets are available here.
Back in 2019, Astbury chatted with Consequence’s Kyle Meredith about their 1989 album Sonic Temple, meeting Sonic Youth and Debbie Harry, and more.
The Cult 2022 Tour Dates:
07/26 – Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater #%
07/27 – Detroit, MI @ Meadowbrook Amphitheater #%
07/29 – Leamington, ON @ Hogs for Hospice Charity Event at Seacliff Park
07/30 – Orilla, ON @ Casino Rama
09/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Hard Rock Casino
09/17 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
09/18 – Edmonton, AB @ Jubilee Theatre
09/20 – Saskatoon,SK @ CU Place – Sid Buchwold Theatre
09/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
09/23 – Madison, WI @ Sylee Theatre *
09/24 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Theatre *
09/25 – Omaha, NE @ The Admiral *
09/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre *#
09/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore *
09/30 – Houston, TX @ 713 Music Hall *
10/02 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre #
# = w/ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
% = w/ Zola Jesus support
* = w/ King Woman support