THE CULT SHARE NEW SINGLE, “A CUT INSIDE,” FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM, “UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN”
A Cut Inside, the new single from The Cult, can be streamed below. The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Under The Midnight Sun, which will arrive on October 7th through Black Hill Records.
Under The Midnight Sun track listing:
2. A Cut Inside
3. Vendetta X
4. Give Me Mercy
5. Outer Heaven
6. Knife Through Butterfly Heart
8. Under The Midnight Sun
This past July, the band released a music video for the first single, Give Me Mercy, which can be seen below.
When the sun just wouldn’t leave the sky one evening in Finland, The Cult singer Ian Astbury took notice. Walking the grounds of the Provinssirock festival, Astbury found himself reveling in the surreal, almost occult moment that comes with the “midnight sun,” the summer stretch where the sun doesn’t go down north of the Arctic Circle.
“It’s three in the morning, the sun’s up, and there’s all these beautiful people in this halcyon moment,” Astbury remembered. “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.” While reviewing archival footage of the performance, Astbury found new mysticism in that moment and imbued it into the forthcoming Under The Midnight Sun.
Lyrically, Under The Midnight Sun bolsters that new musical dexterity by building out from the idyllic and surreal vision at its title. Throughout, Astbury pulls in influences from Brian Jones, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Buddhism, the Beats, and the Age of Aquarius, all shaded with the lingering threat of the present and the timeless Cult color palette.
As The Cult is now returning to performing live and sharing Under The Midnight Sun, Astbury hopes that the record connects to something deep within and subconscious in their listeners — something Astbury found within himself when given the moment to look for it.
“At the core of it all, music contains the vibrational frequency of how we once communicated before we could even speak,” he said. “Bird songs, animal calls, string theory, quantum physics, psychedelics. The record ultimately is about finding and uniting beauty in those strangely natural moments.”
“We got the opportunity to really let songs be fully realized,” Astbury said. “Usually, pre-pandemic, you’re on a cycle of tour, record, tour, record, tour, record, but with this album, we had a lot more time for introspection. A lot went into this record. I believe the subject matter and the sound of it will resonate with people. True to form, we’re not repeating ourselves. There will be some familiar stuff, but it’s not like people will be able to access it very quickly. It’s very strong on content. There are strong guitars. It’s quite visceral, very emotional, because it’s channeling the moment. I guess it’s our take on that.”