the death cult was formed
by ian astbury and billy duffy, out of the ashes of
theatre of hate (duffy), southern
death cult (astbury), and ritual,
(ray mondo and jamie stewart). a post-punk super group,
if you will. astbury had become disillusioned with the southern
death cult, and ended it at a final gig in manchester, feb. 83.
he soon met up with billy duffy who was working in kensington after
his split with theatre of hate. they knew each other from an SDC/TOH
tour in 82. they got along, had similar ideas, and the death cult
was formed. later they recruited nigel preston (also formerly
of TOH, drumming with sex
gang children at the time). ray mondo, ironically, joined sex
gang children in return.
all a happy family (cult) ...
started in a band called "The Nosebleeds", which featured
Steven Morrissey (later of the Smiths) on vocals (a replacement
for Ed Banger, later of the last incarnation of Slaughter and the
Dogs). Billy also taught Johnny Marr how to play guitar. Before
Theatre of Hate he was in Slaughter (minus the dogs), aka the Studio
Sweethearts (the name "Slaughter" wasn't getting any gigs
or recording deals...). A temporary band, The Andy Blade Group,
featured Andy Blade of "Eater" (76-78 punk outfit), then
onto Lonesome No More, and finally, Theatre of Hate. After he left
TOH, living in Coldharbour Manor, (home of others like Sex Gang
Children, Under Two Flags, and UK Decay) he and Abbo, singer of
the recently deceased punk / gothic veteran band UK Decay, wrote
"Brothers Grimm", but nothing came of it and they went
their own ways.
after his mother's death, and a 28 day career in the army, Ian Astbury
spent some time in Belfast and Glasgow, but eventually back to his
country of birth, Great Britian. He began the Southern Death Cult
in May 1981. They had outstanding success thanks to bands like UK
Decay and Bauhaus,
the growing popularity of the Batcave and Post Punk music scenes,
and their extraordinary skill and unique American Indian vision.
When Astbury called it quits in 83, he shortly after formed Death
Cult. The other Southern Death Cult members (Buzz, Barry, and Aky)
evolved into Getting the Fear and then changed the name to Into
A Circle, with Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade, later
to work with Death
In June, Current 93).
Ritual had formed
in '79, and was another post punk/gothic group along the lines of
southern death cult, but much darker and harsher, with saxophone.
They'd only had two singles out, Mind Disease and Kangaroo Court.
They are explained elsewhere
on deathrock.com. When Ray (drums) and Jamie (guitar) split for
Death Cult, Errol and Mark (vox, bass) formed In
Excelsis with former UK
Decay guitarist, Steve Spon. Mark would later form the band
"Famous" (who didnt quite live up to the name, ha!)