orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

August 25, 2013

VIDEO: The Cult go ‘Electric’ with current tour

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

LAKE CHARLES, La. — One of the most eclectic rock outfits of a generation are performing this Thursday while celebrating what is arguably its career defining album.

The Cult will perform Thursday, Aug. 29, at L’Auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. in the season finale event of the annual summer “Party by the Pool” concert series. Tickets are $10 in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets for ages 21 and older.

The band still features core members Ian Astbury, vocals, and Billy Duffy on guitar. Rounding out the band is bassist, Chris Wyse, and drummer, John Tempesta.

The Cult, which formed in England in the early 1980s, is currently out on the road with the “Electric ’13” tour as the group performs what is arguably its career defining album, “Electric,” in its entirety.

The record was released in April 1987 and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart while reaching platinum status behind the strength of smash singles “Love Removal Machine,” “Wildflower” and “Lil’ Devil.”

“Billy (Duffy) and I thought this would be a great treat for the fans,” said bassist Chris Wyse in a telephone interview. “We performed the ‘Love’ record in its entirety a few years ago, and it went over really well. This was just the next logical progression for us to do this record and it’s been a great break for the band as well.”

The Cult released its ninth studio album, “Choice of a Weapon,” in May 2012 and has spent most of the past 15 months on the road with much of it supporting that album. Now, the group is treating fans to the record which helped really break the band in the United States.

“The fans are just loving it, but so are we,” Wyse added. “We view a piece of work as a record, not just a song from that record. I love the whole idea of performing that piece of work in its entirety for our fans. It’s a whole another kind of experience to hear it played live instead of on CD.”

When not touring with The Cult, Wyse is busy working with his own project, Owl, a trio featuring Wyse on upright bass, Dan Dinsmore on drums and Jason Achilles Mezilis on guitar.

Owl released its sophomore album, “The Right Thing,” on April 9, 2013 and has quickly made a name for itself with its live performances.

“Owl played a lot of sold out shows earlier this year with bands like 10 Years and In This Moment,” Wyse explained. “That really helped expose us to a lot of new people. We have not been able to play all of the places we would like, but I hope when The Cult tour ends Owl can jump on a U.S. tour and do a proper tour like we have been wanting to do.”

The hard rock group is not your typical rock trio with Wyse opting to display his prowess on the upright bass for one big reason.

“Owl came from my childhood,” he said. “There was no outlet for this kind of music, so that’s why I created it. Now I want everyone to be able to experience it.”

Visit www.thecult.us for more information on The Cult and its current tour and visit www.owltheband.net for more information on Owl.