Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler were just two of the celebrities who came to check out The Cult at this year’s SXSW. Butler was in the audience and hanging out backstage with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy at Friday night’s Chevy Sound Garage performance. On Saturday, The Cult headlined the 25,000-capacity Auditorium Shores Stage Concert Series and brought actor Matthew McConaughey onstage who jammed on congas for a couple of songs.
The Cult debuted a handful of new songs – “Honey From a Knife,” “The Wolf,” “Lucifer” and “For The Animals” – from their upcoming album Choice of Weapon, due out May 22 on Cooking Vinyl, as well as peppering the set with some of their biggest hits – “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Fire Woman” and “Wild Flower.”
Choice of Weapon is The Cult’s first new album in five years. It was written by founding members Astbury and Duffy, produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush and The Cult’s Platinum-certified Sonic Temple), and recorded in New York, Los Angeles, the California high desert and the band’s Witch Mountain studio with long-time members John Tempesta on drums and bassist Chris Wyse. The Cult has announced tour plans for Europe this summer and theUK in September; North American dates will be announced shortly.