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The Cult’s Ian Astbury on Under the Midnight Sun, Gothic Futurism, and the Optics of Nostalgia

The frontman takes us inside the band's latest album

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Kyle Meredith with Ian Astbury of The Cult, photo by Mick Peek

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    Ian Astbury calls in to chat with Kyle Meredith about Under the Midnight Sun, The Cult’s latest album.

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    Astbury talks about coming up as a crooner during the post-punk era, journalists mistakenly lumping them in with hair metal, and living through the optics of nostalgia. The frontman also talks about some of the big influences on this album — including Brian Jones, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac — and also dives deep into the ecological and environmental moments that arrive throughout. We also get his takes on recent artists like Yves Tumor and how they’re part of a lineage of artists that thread around Nico & The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picaso.

    Listen to The Cult’s Ian Astbury talk Under the Midnight Sun and more on the Kyle Meredith With… podcast above or by watching the chat via the YouTube player below. As always, like, review, and subscribe to KMW wherever you get your podcasts, and keep up to date with all our series by following the Consequence Podcast Network.

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