British rockers The Cult, performing Friday at Rose, remain present in the brave new world


“There are very few guys making guitar-based music in the UK,” Astbury said. “There are a lot of great digital producers, electronic producers, hip-hop producers and pop producers, but when it comes to guitars and vocals, he’s a very particular animal. You really have to be in the room. You really have to be present. Sometimes you become a member of the group. Tom Dalgety immersed himself in the group’s infrastructure and ecosystem. He became like another member. He did a great job on this record.

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Having a break from touring gave the Cult members more time to work on material with Dalgety.

“We had the opportunity to really let the songs be fully realized,” Astbury said. “Usually pre-pandemic you’re on a cycle of touring, recording, touring, recording, touring, recording, but with this album we had a lot more time for introspection. A lot has gone into this record. I believe the subject matter and the sound will resonate with people. True to ourselves, we don’t repeat ourselves. There will be some familiar things, but it’s not as if the people could access it very quickly. It’s very strong on the content. There are strong guitars. It’s quite visceral, very emotional, because it channels the moment. I guess that’s our point of view there -above.

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Astbury are also delighted to have special guests Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus on tour.

“This Bill is unlike a lot of other rock bands and artists who try to band together with similar, familiar peers,” he said. “The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus are both exceptional. We’re community-based and sort of strangers in some ways, so we come together with like-minded artists that we identify with and respect. We don’t really conform to normal programming. If you want to see a bunch of guys in black T-shirts screaming up there, you won’t get that with us. There is nuance, finesse and drama. There is tension, aggressiveness and humility. It’s a wide range of human emotions. Our intention, if we have one, is for people to feel uplifted or uplifted when they leave the room.

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In the moment

With the release of “Under the Midnight Sun” just months away, Astbury and his bandmates are focused on entertaining audiences night after night.

“The shows get better as we go along,” he said. “Every night is different. The Cult is definitely not a phone-it-in-band. We’ve never done that. We’re always there with our shows. What we convey to each audience is unique. That we go to Dayton, New York or Tokyo, we’ll be there. We’re not trying to make a pastiche or imitate anything. We’re open to any situation that might arise with the show. There’s a lot of spontaneity This keeps it fresh and keeps the edge for a live performance and that’s what’s compelling in live music.

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Who: The Cult with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $23.50, $37, $47, $57, $67

More info: 513-232-6220 or

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