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Following The Cult to Club Fever

Claire Stephens | Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Club Fever hosts legendary British rock band The Cult Thursday, with an opening act by Australian alternative band The Black Ryder. 

The group’s origins can be traced to Ian Astbury’s band Southern Death Cult, which was disbanded and changed to Death Cult, at which point guitarist Billy Duffy joined with Astbury (the band’s songwriters), and in 1984 the band was changed to simply The Cult. 

Their discography spans from the band’s creation in 1984 to today, including albums like “Dreamtime,” “Love,” “Electric,” “Sonic Temple,” “Ceremony,” and “The Cult.” They are currently signed with New Wilderness

According to The Cult’s Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter pages, new song “Embers” was released on on iTunes on Nov. 1, along with a free download of “White.” Their newest album “Capsule 2” is now available for purchase and includes new songs in addition to live renditions of “White” and “Nirvana.”

With influences and styles similar to The Doors, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, the band’s music can be described as a combination of heavy metal revivalist, pseudo-mysticism, post-punk goth rock, hard rock or alternative. Some of their hits are “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Rain” and “Love Removal Machine.” The Cult has been associated with bands such as Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith and Metallica.

Despite numerous break ups, hiatuses, members quitting or being fired and a long list of former members, The Cult returns to touring with Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitar), Chris Wyse (bass), John Tempesta (drums) and Mike Dimkich (rhythm guitar). The Cult comes to South Bend from Grand Rapids and will continue to Detroit and Milwaukee for the rest of the weekend. 

The Black Ryder, hailing from Sydney, Australia, is a much newer band, founded by Miss Aimee Nash and Scott von Ryper in 2007. Self-produced and self-funded, the duo came together after leaving Australian band The Morning After Girls. Their sound has been described as psychedelic, shoegaze, alternative and experimental. Since 2007 the duo has released a video for “Sweet Come Down” from their 2009 album “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride” with EMI Music Australia label and multiple compilations in 2007 and 2008. 

The doors for the concert open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. To make a reservation for dinner before the show at the Backstage Grill, call (574) 232-0222. Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students who attend the concert are able to stay for the Thursday night college night and will not have to pay a cover charge to remain at the club after the concert is over.