The Cult’s Ian Astbury Proclaims: ‘The Idea Of Making Albums Is Dead’
Cult frontman Ian Astbury has issued a distressing diatribe about the current state of the music industry, revealing: “I don’t think we’ll ever see a [new] Cult album.”
Speaking to the El Paso Times, Astbury grumbled:
“Rock’n'roll now is pretty much in the garbage. It’s barely alive. Everybody has taken from it. Nobody has given back. There are a very few who have given back. It’s a very selfish occupation. A lot of people never really returned. That’s why we have a lot of pastiche and we have a lot of artists who are never involved beyond their sophomore albums. It’s a travesty.”
When asked whether The Cult are working on material for a new album, Astbury barked:
“There will be no new album. I don’t think we’ll ever see a Cult album. Albums are dead. The format is dead. iTunes destroyed albums. The whole idea of an album. Albums were established in the 70s and 80s and into the 90s, but they’ve been dead for a long time. Nobody buys albums. It’s been proven. It’s an arcane format, as much as the 78 rpm or writing sheet music for an orchestra. It’s an old form and, for me, it’s much more about if we have a great song we really believe in, then we’ll record it and release it.”
“For me, the idea of making albums is dead. The idea of spending a year and a half in the studio arguing over agendas and trying to fit into a format that’s settled before we started the creative process [is unappealing].”
Hmm. When Astbury says “nobody buys albums” does he mean albums in general, or Cult albums in particular? After all, The Cult’s recent comeback album Born Into This was hardly a runaway success. Discuss.