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The Cult Revisits the Big Rock Sound of 1989’s Sonic Temple

Frontman Ian Astbury also shares his thoughts on Billie Eilish and Thom Yorke

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Kyle Meredith With... The Cult

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    The Cult frontman Ian Astbury and Kyle Meredith take a deep dive into the 1989 album, Sonic Temple. Together, they discuss its big rock sound and how its DNA intersects with Joy Division, The Doors, Def Jam, the Beat authors, the art side of NYC, and the then-developing Seattle scene. Astbury also revisits meeting Sonic Youth, recording with Debbie Harry, and listening to the new Thom Yorke and Billie Eilish.

    Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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