The Cult played Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Stubb‘s BBQ in downtown Austin, Texas. They played a good, solid show incorporating several of their popular songs from their older CD’S into their set. They continued right up until the city’s noise ordinance went into effect at 10:30 pm. Overall, they sounded just as good as they did over twenty years ago, although there is an unanswered question left to ponder. Does anyone know what happened to singer, Ian Astbury’s British accent, by chance??
I saw their SONIC TEMPLE tour many years ago and there was a definite, very thick British accent which added appeal to the bands early goth-type presence and mysterious ambiance. However, tonight he sounded as American as apple pie! At one point, he even spoke in Spanish! While addressing the crowd, Ian did make mention of the fact that he had been spending a lot of time in Texas and actually referred to the crowd as “ya’ll”, a few times without ever missing a beat, which I thought to be rather humorous. Have ‘The Cult’ lost their British roots or have they just been ‘Texican-ized’?
Original member and guitar player, Billy Duffy delivered strong, tight leads and teaming up with the newest members, Jimmy Ashurst on bass and keyboardist Damon Fox, was definitely a positive asset for the band. Ian, of course, wore his signature sunglasses on stage, like he did the last time I saw them play. The set list included songs such as the ever popular ‘Fire Woman’, and one of my personal favorites, ‘Love Removal Machine’. So what is next for these hard rockers from Yorkshire, Bradford? During the set, Ian spoke of coming back in March of 2016 to play a slot in the SXSW Music Showcase here in Austin. He also confirmed an upcoming trip to the studio, in order to lay some more tracks and release a new CD in the very near future.
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