Cult & Culture Episode 8 featuring Travis Ryan, Longmont Potion Castle
The concept of Cult and Culture began as a short segment created by Justin Pearson, an internationally known musician, record label owner, author, and actor. He is best known as bassist/vocalist for bands such as Dead Cross, Head Wound City, The Locust, and Retox. Justin has come to know and work with a broad spectrum of captivating personalities and brilliant minds, many of which are key figures in the realm of popular culture and cult followings alike. John Waters was one of the first people interviewed for the project- an icon of both cult and culture. Other guests include a broad scope of musicians, producers, authors, and anyone passionate about what they do. In its infancy, segments were shorter, 10-20 minutes, and would be recorded while on tour. Since then, Pearson has collaborated with producer and musician Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera) to build the idea into a proper podcast, now recorded at Penguin Studios in San Diego. The focus is not intended to be solely on people in any one realm, and because guests are friends and family, the conversations are frank, informal, well-informed and genuine.
In episode 8 of Cult & Culture, Luke and Justin host Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and “underground prank-call king” Longmont Potion Castle, as well as David Hall (Uneasy Sleeper) and Vivek Venkatesh (Dystopia Productions), the creators of an upcoming documentary on LPC. As described by the project’s Indiegogo campaign, “this film will explore Longmont’s infamy, and get to the bottom of who the man behind the phone really is” by way of “interviewing Longmont Potion Castle fans, exploring the history of prank phone calls themselves, the tape trading culture that Longmont Potion Castle grew out of, and getting the word from the proverbial ‘man on the street.’” With Travis, Justin, and Luke all being long-time fans of his work, the episode discusses their fascination with the hilarious and bizarre and hilarious mystery man that is LPC, while also exploring his unlikely influence on their own creative output over the years.
In advance of the LPC documentary movie of the same name, Burger Records is also releasing a soundtrack to “Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House?”