The Cult announced on Friday that they are releasing an Apocalypse Now inspired “Death From Below surfboard to coincide with their Electric 13 world tour.
The band published these comments, assumed to be from frontman Ian Astbury, to explain how the band’s classic “Electric” album ties in with the classic Vietnam War film.
“Apocalypse Now was a huge influence on the Electric album. Many of the songs such as LRM [Love Removal Machine] and Peace Dog feature Apocalypse Now influences.
“After seeing Apocalypse Now I became fascinated with the sub cultures that existed during the Vietnam War, especially the scenes that focused on Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore’s love of surfing and his iconic surf board.
“Surfer culture during the Vietnam War has always been a great muse to me, the idea of a culture so free and expressive in the violent and oppressive environment of a war zone is such a great symbol of man’s desire to master his environment and coexist with nature.
“The board had become an object of desire, I always wanted to own one. So we created the Death From Below Surf Cult version.”
TO COINCIDE WITH ALT ROCK BAND THE CULT’S WORLD TOUR OF ELECTRIC 13 , THE CULT HAVE CREATED AN ICONIC LIMITED EDITION SURF BOARD
“APOCALYPSE NOW WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON THE ELECTRIC ALBUM. MANY OF THE SONGS SUCH AS LRM AND PEACE DOG FEATURE APOCALYPSE NOW INFLUENCES.
AFTER SEEING APOCALYPSE NOW I BECAME FASCINATED WITH THE SUB CULTURES THAT EXISTED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR , ESPECIALLY THE SCENES THAT FOCUSED ON LT COL KILGORE’S LOVE OF SURFING AND HIS ICONIC SURF BOARD .
SURFER CULTURE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT MUSE TO ME , THE IDEA OF A CULTURE SO FREE AND EXPRESSIVE IN THE VIOLENT AND OPPRESSIVE ENVIRONMENT OF A WAR ZONE IS SUCH A GREAT SYMBOL OF MANS DESIRE TO MASTER HIS ENVIRONMENT AND COEXIST WITH NATURE .
THE BOARD HAD BECOME AN OBJECT OF DESIRE , I ALWAYS WANTED TO OWN ONE . SO WE CREATED THE DFB / SURF CULT VERSION .
CONCEIVED AND DESIGNED BY IAN ASTBURY AND SONYA KOSHUTA , BOARD SHAPER BOB DAVIS ( CARROZZA SURF BOARDS ) . MODELED BY PROFESSIONAL SURFER’S MALIA WARD AND JACQUELINE MILLER . IMAGES BY TIM CADIENTE.