The Cult announces ‘Under the Midnight Sun’

New album is first in six years

The Cult has announced its 11th studio album, Under the Midnight Sun, will be released on CD and LP on October 7th via Black Hill Records. The band has released “Give Me Mercy” as the first single and video.

A limited edition box set is being offered through the group’s website. It includes the album on 180-gram limited edition gold vinyl in gatefold jacket, 22×22-inch bandana, 9×11-inch 14pt matte coated lithograph and 12-inch slipmat.

The album is the group’s first in six years and was produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood).

“I was absolutely enamored with this piece of music Billy [Duffy] had written, and it perfectly fit these thoughts I’d been having about our culture’s need to move past assumptions of duality. We need new language because words can’t express where we’re going,” shares the band’s Ian Astbury.

“Give Me Mercy has all the hallmarks of the new classic Cult to my ears,” Duffy adds. “Fresh yet familiar.”

The group reconvened in a studio after lockdown restrictions were lifted to work on the project, after being derailed due to the pandemic.

“When the world stopped, I had this moment to write in real time, to calculate,” Astbury comments. “I was compelled by this vision, this anomaly, this memory, of being under the midnight sun. Tom [Dalgety] helped us bring a new musical shape and frequency to our process.”

The Cult recently wrapped a co-headlining a UK arena tour alongside Alice Cooper. They kick off a North American trek tomorrow (Fri, July 8th) in St. Paul, MN with dates scheduled through the end of the month.

Buddy Iahn
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