HIDDEN CITY (2016)
 

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IAN ASTBURY - VOCALS
BILLY DUFFY - GUITAR
JOHN TEMPESTA - DRUMS
(JIMMY ASHURST - BASS)
(TOURING MUSICIAN: DAMON FOX - KEYBOARDS AND 2ND GUITAR)
(TOURING MUSICIAN: GRANT FITZPATRICK - BASS)

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In March 2013, Billy Duffy told Argentina's Rock.com.ar that the Cult had begun work on a new album for a 2015 release. The band were expected to begin work on the album after they finish their 2013 world tour, where they played the Electric album in its entirety. In August 2014, Billy added that the next album, which was not expected to be released before 2015 at the earliest, "will be more guitar heavy".

On November 5, 2015, it was announced that The Cult would release their new album, entitled Hidden City, on February 5, 2016. The album is said to be the final part of a trilogy that began with Born into This, and marks the fifth time Bob Rock had produced a Cult album. It’s also their first album since their 1994 self-titled album not to feature bassist Chris Wyse; the role was filled by Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. For their live shows they picked up Grant Fitzpatrick on bass and Damon Fox on keyboards and rhythm guitar.


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Hidden City has received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. AllMusic writer Thom Jurek gave the album three out of five stars, saying that it "touches on almost every period in their history." He continued his review, stating that "Billy Duffy's signature boogie-matic post-Electric riffing struts out in front of drummer John Tempesta's hard-swinging snare and thumping tom-tom vamp. Ian Astbury's baritone remains a tremendous thundering force, authoritatively delivering a typically messy lyric swamp of Tibetan Buddhist mysticism and Native American spirituality that warns of coming karmic consequences for exploitative and destructive behavior. Rock's wildly busy, over the top production swirls around it all."

Speaking about the album, frontman Ian Astbury says: "I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart."

       

In an October 2016 interview with PopMatters journalist J.C. Maçek III, Cult guitarist Billy Duffy spoke of the band's playlist while on tour, saying "Obviously you want to make an impactful [show]," he continues. "There are some practical, pragmatic decisions made. If you’re playing to a crowd who are not very familiar with you, there's no point of going too deep but we do always make sure we play a new song. Like on Guns N' Roses' [tour] we had fifty minutes which is ten songs all in. So, you know we just made sure that in those ten songs we played 'Deeply Ordered Chaos' which we’re proud of and it makes a certain statement. And it just alerts people to the fact that, yes, we have made a record in the last 30 years. You know and that’s a good thing. Psychologically, that's the blood transfusion that we need. And we're very mindful, we have a very loyal fan base. We don’t pander as you well know.