CHOICE OF WEAPON (2012)


*taken from FB @officialcult


*taken from CD booklet

IAN ASTBURY - VOCALS
BILLY DUFFY - GUITAR
CHRIS WYSE - BASS
JOHN TEMPESTA - DRUMS
(CHRIS GOSS - GUITARS AND BACKGROUND VOCALS)
(TOURING MUSICIAN 2011-2013: MIKE DIMKICH - RHYTHM GUITAR)
(TOURING MUSICIAN 2013-2014: JAMES STEVENSON - RHYTHM GUITAR)

"Choice Of Weapon" was released on 22 May 2012. Recording sessions began in March 2011 and over the next ten months took place at studios in New York City, Los Angeles, the band's Witch Mountain studio, and the California high desert. Frontman Ian Astbury explained the reasoning behind the album name: "'Choice of Weapon' is the title, and it evolved through many permutations, like 'Weapon of Choice' or 'Choice of Weapons.' I had like 30. 'Choice of Weapon' struck me, since you're having a choice, as individuals and society, and the weapon is a metaphor or it could be a mantra. Or a knife or a gun. Or a pen. Your art, creativity can be your weapon of cultural revolution.

It's spiritual, too. We can inflict violence or share knowledge, and this permeates throughout the songs, which are about experiences where I had to make a choice or decision. It's lyrically very intimate. It's loss, celebration and how can we not be caught up in the Occupy movement or the farcical political circus that we see every day? It's blasts of feel good rock 'n' roll, and it's more cinematic."

"When we were writing and recording 'Choice of Weapon,'" explained Astbury, "we had no agenda, there was no particular destination, no place to be, and no chart position to aim for.  We took our time, we went in, we grabbed the jewels, and stayed focused on keeping everything as fresh and as raw as possible.  The new songs are a sharpened and heightened extension of everything we have ever done."

Choice of Weapon reflects the survival in today's volatile world where the sense of entitlement is growing, where we are constantly bombarded by "ones and zeros," and where the "have-nots" increase on a daily basis.  The album poses the questions, "how do we survive and still keep our integrity and humanity? What weapons do we choose to insure a sane future for ourselves and our children, and not de-evolve into a 'Hunger Games' scenario?"

On 28 September 2012, it was announced that the band would release Weapon of Choice, a "prequel" album to accompany the band's latest album, Choice of Weapon. The digital-only release, available exclusively on iTunes for two months only.