Published Jul 02, 2019This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Cult's classic Sonic Temple album, and the band have now announced plans to mark the milestone by giving their 1989 effort a massive reissue.
The English outfit will release The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 in four different formats through Beggars Arkive on September 13.
In addition to digital and 2xLP formats, Sonic Temple 30 will arrive as a deluxe box set and a five-CD set. Limited to 3,000 copies, the deluxe box features the original album and the band's 1989 Live at Wembley across three vinyl records, a cassette of limited-release demos, and replica tour memorabilia and ephemera.
The five-CD set features 53 total tracks, featuring the original album, Live at Wembley set and limited-release demos alongside a number of alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions. An accompanying booklet also features rare photographs and interviews with the band by U.K. journalist James Brown.
"We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences," the band's Ian Astbury recalled of Sonic Temple in a recent interview. "It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of 'the indie outsider.'"
All formats of The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 are available for pre-order, where you can also check out the sprawling tracklists of each version.
The Cult have also mapped out a U.K. tour for October, and you can find dates for that here.
The Cult last released their Hidden City album in 2016.