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Fresh and focused album arriving in October from English rock band The Cult | The mixer

In the wake of the 30th anniversary of its album “Sonic Temple”, the Cult is communing this weekend at the Factory with its “We Own the Night Tour”.

The English rock band announced this week that their new album, “Under the Midnight Sun”, will be released on October 7.

“There is a certain anticipation in the release of the new record,” says singer Ian Astbury. “On this record, we were able to let it gesture, let it marinate, and come back and see it again and really think about what we wanted to say.”

He says the album is layered and cinematic, with themes involving love, death, the environment and relationships. Her new single is “Give Me Mercy”.

“It’s an incredibly focused record,” he says. “We are constantly evolving, we are not resting on our laurels. The songs sound fresh now.

The band worked with producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost) on the album.

“He’s a lot younger than us and the music is refreshing,” Astbury says. “When you’re working with someone, you can often pick up that familiarity and become too familiar. With Tom, he challenged us.

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Making the album also involved paying attention to the sounds and “vibration tendencies” of other artists and finding the sweet spot that brings all of these sounds together.

“We were open to other frequencies and references, but we weren’t trying to emulate current cultures,” Astbury explains. “It was much more about finding out for ourselves.”

Listeners can detect influences as varied as Brian Jones, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, The Beats and the Age of Aquarius. “Under the Midnight Sun” is the band’s first since “Hidden City” (2016).

The Cult may include any of the new songs during their tour. In compiling the set list, it was difficult to strike a balance between what the band wants to play and what the fans want to hear.

Some songs from “Sonic Temple” are featured in the new show. Seeing them again was a reach, considering the band hadn’t played most of the songs in years.

“We had to relearn the songs,” Astbury says. “Normally, there are two or three songs in the set. Relearning the songs, reinterpreting the songs, has been really interesting. We are no longer the same band we were when we wrote the songs.

He says about 80% of the set comes from “Sonic Temple” (1989), “Love” (1985) and “Electric” (1987).

“We feel fresh, not jaded,” he says. “After 50 or 60 gigs, you get exhausted. I’m still hungry when we go on the road. People were deprived of live music for a few years, and you can feel the anticipation in the way they reacted We were really blown away by the response, it was almost like I was doing it for the first time.

What The Cult, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zola Jesus • When 7:30 p.m. July 10 • Where The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield • How much $49 to $79 • More information ticketmaster.com