Interview with Billy Duffy of The Cult

The Cult are rock royalty. Billy Duffy has been co-piloting The Cult for almost 30 years. He and Ian Astbury are the driving shamanistic forces behind this amazing UK born band whose sound has never been pigeon holed to just one sound. This year marks the release of the bands 9th official studio album, Choice of Weapon. It's their hardest hitting record, closely resembling the classic Sonic Temple, in many ways including production values and writing styles, but still moving the band forward with a distinct sound that can only be described as The Cult.
I spoke with Billy Duffy about their almost 30 years together and the making of the new album. 

JC: Hey Billy, how's it going today? Thank you for taking the time in talking with us and happy belated birthday! (May 12, 1961) Your birthday is the same as my brother's birthday so it's easy to remember.
BD: Is it? Thank you very much. Well I bet he's a great chap. (chuckles)
JC: He is for sure. Did you do anything special for it?
BD: I actually did. I went to England to watch a soccer match.
JC: Oh that's right, you're a big Manchester City fan. You even had their logo on one of your guitar picks (and current pick is the team's powder blue color). I guess it comes from being from there too right?
BD: Absolutely. It was the day after my birthday actually. It could have been the worst birthday of my life or the best one and it was nearly the worst with about 30 seconds away from disaster.
JC: So did they win?
BD: They won the Premier League title for the first time in 44 years. It was quite a phenomenal, emotional experience and of course the irony was that if we hadn't won that game, our deadly rivals, Manchester United, the world famous, Yankees of Soccer, would have won their 20th title. So it was really intense to be in England, in Manchester of my hometown for that, with all my friends and family. I was a guest of the club. I was with one of the guys from Oasis and my mate Johnny Marr. We all went together. So, that was my birthday.
JC: Sounded very cool for sure. Well, hey, let's get into this. I know you're not so keen on interviews...

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