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: Rick Owens is a clothing designer. I am a devotee and a daily wearer of his clothes. A high priest of urban monastics. Clothing for monks and dark romantics. I beg, borrow and steal to get my hands on pieces. Not for everyone, but he certainly can be appreciated for his craft.