Ian Astbury is so much funnier than we imagined. The Cult, his mighty metal-crunching band with guitarist Billy Duffy, has just released Choice Of Weapon (Cooking Vinyl), the newest and best Cult album since 1994’s The Cult. In our Q&A with him, Astbury takes down those who make themselves authoritarian without merit—music journalists, politicians—in a fashion similar to his highly personal lyrical outlook on Weapon. He is guest editing magnetmagazinecom all week with the same candor.
Astbury: Boris is an avant Japanese band widely versed in controlled distortion. Erudite, anarchic and well-heeled. I had the honor to record and perform with them in Tokyo, Sydney and Brooklyn as BXL. Perhaps there will be more in the future?