Former THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has worked on series of demos with producers such as Gordon Raphael (THE STROKES, THE WILDHEARTS) and James LaVelle (U.N.K.L.E.),and he hopes to release a solo album, tentatively titled "Warriors of the Mystic Plains", on a yet-to-be-determined label sometime in 2005, according to Billboard.
"My sound will be a mash-up," he said. "Songs that are melodically and rhythmically driven. Like a car crash between LED ZEPPELIN, THE DOORS, PRIMAL SCREAM, BLONDE REDHEAD and NINE INCH NAILS. It's a combination of different elements."
Astbury told Billboard that he was inspired by his work with two-thirds of the surviving members of THE DOORS when it came to writing his own solo material.
"The style of music is so stripped down, it's about organics, it's about craft, there's nowhere to hide, it's about musical excellence, it's about creativity," he said. "It's really inspired me more to go in and have that approach to my own writing process."
THE DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, featuring Astbury, original THE DOORS keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger, along with drummer Ty Dennis, will embark on a brief slate of U.S. dates April 23 in Minneapolis, with a July trip to Europe to follow. Dates in June and August are still coming together.