Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Cult issue limited-edition Electric 13 surfboard

The Cult have issued a limited-edition surfboard to coincide with their current Electric 13 world tour.

"’Apocalypse Now’ was a huge influence on the Electric album," says singer Ian Astbury. "Many of the songs such as 'Love Removal Machine' and 'Peace Dog' feature Apocalypse Now influences.”

“After seeing Apocalypse Now,” he continued, “I became fascinated with the sub cultures that existed during the Vietnam War, especially the scenes that focused on Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore's (Robert Duvall) love of surfing and his iconic surf board. Surfer culture during the Vietnam War has always been a great muse to me, the idea of a culture so free and expressive in the violent and oppressive environment of a war zone is such a great symbol of man's desire to master his environment and coexist with nature.”

“The board had become an object of desire,” explained Astbury. “I always wanted to own one. So we created the Death From Below / Surf Cult version."

The Electric 13 surfboard was cnceived and designed by Astbury and Sonya Koshuta along with board shaper Bob Davis at Carrozza Surf Boards.

The Electric 13 world tour coincides with the recent release of the 2-disc set, “Electric Peace.”

The collection pairs 1987’s “Electric” with the group’s abandoned "Peace" album, a project The Cult recorded as the follow-up to 1985’s “Love.” After recording the full album with producer Steve Brown, the group weren't happy with the final results, which seemed too polished.

The Cult then contacted producer Rick Rubin to remix the lead track, "Love Removal Machine", and Rubin agreed, but only on condition that the track was entirely re-recorded. Thrilled with the results of the Rubin sessions, the band abandoned the original "Peace" recordings and re-recorded the entire album in New York with him, resulting in “Electric.”

Following a North American run, The Cult are currently playing Electric 13 dates in Australia before kicking off an extensive UK tour in Cardiff, Wales on October 18.

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