6th album from the UK’s ‘post-punk electronic balladeers’ featuring guest appearances from Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pimps), Blaine L. Reininger, Luc van Lieshout, Bruce Geduldig (Tuxedomoon), John Ellis (Stranglers/ Peter Hammill), and Godmother of Japanese electronica Coppe’.
Following on from the resounding success of 2012’s Above as Below (with cover art from 2014 Grammy-nominee Jonathan Barnbrook) Cult With No Name return with the astonishing ‘Another Landing’.
CWNN’s sixth long player reveals the London duo to be in a defiant mood, which notably picks up the pace. Amongst the meticulously executed and emotive piano wizardry of the likes of ‘Swept Away’, the band cast a more urgent and scathing eye on the state of the nation, or rather indignation, with the pulsing India-electro of ‘Everything Lasts an Age’.
Elsewhere, the witty Walter + Wally sounds something Phil Spector producing Café del Mar, and certainly nothing like the two musicians it pays tribute to. The plaintive ‘Not so ‘Big in Japan’’ devilishly pokes fun at musicians who claim they are anything but, with ‘Over and Out of Here’ providing a soaring and entirely fitting electronic crescendo to the band’s latest, and finest excursion.
With the now typical mélange of breathtaking guest appearances, including three-fifths of legendary Tuxedomoon, Cult With No Name may have finally secured their passport…but to where?
‘Post-punk electronic balladeers’ Cult With No Name, comprise the East London duo of Erik Stein and Jon Boux. Having been the first international signing to LA label Trakwerx in 2007 (founded by Jackson Del Rey of Californian punk legends Savage Republic), CWNN’s first two studio albums - ‘Paper Wraps Rock’ and ‘Careful What You Wish For’ - have been met with considerable critical acclaim.
Leading UK music journalist Mick Mercer proclaimed the band his discovery of 2007 (with both albums sitting in his subsequent annual top ten lists), Blaine L. Reininger of genre-transcending legends Tuxedomoon collaborated on their second album, Don Letts spun tracks on BBC6, and Brett Anderson (Suede) asked CWNN to open for him for the launch of his new album.
Having provided the music for two blacker than black comedies at the Edinburgh Festival (‘Moz and the Meal’ and ‘Bored Stiff’), it’s fitting that Cult With No Name then turned their attention to cinema for their first DVD release, ‘Lightwerx: The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’.
In the fall of 2010, CWNN returned with their 4th studio album, ‘Adrenalin’. Building on their considerable achievements to date, and deftly hinting at everyone from Scott Walker to Sparks to Tuxedomoon (sometimes across a single song), CWNN presented an album that’s as much of interest for its lyrical wordplay as its musical dexterity.
In 2012, Cult With No Name returned with their fifth and undoubtedly strongest album to date. ‘Above as Below’ has an illustrious supporting cast, including extensive contributions from Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pimps), Luc van Lieshout and Bruce Geduldig (Tuxedomoon), John Ellis (Stranglers, Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill), and Meg Maryatt (17 Pygmies). Packaged in a deluxe fold-out letter-pressed sleeve, designed by world-renowned graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie and Damien Hirst), Above as Below not only represents the pinnacle of CWNN’s achievements, but stands alone as an innovative, addictive and enduring song-cycle.
In addition to their studio albums, the band have contributed music to two comedic stage productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Moz and the Meal’ and ‘Bored Stiff’, and appear on several compilations. Erik Stein has also acted in several short films made by electronic music pioneer John Foxx as well as the 2011 short film ‘Sonus’, produced by Ridley Scott Associates. The band were nominated for the Exposure Music Awards in 2011.