The concept of Cult and Culture began as a short segment created by Justin Pearson, an internationally known musician, record label owner (Three One G Records), author, and actor. He is best known as bassist/vocalist for bands such as Dead Cross, 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 25 of Cult and Culture, Justin and Luke interview the “hard leather disco” queer duo, Plack Blague. Raws and Loren (also known for his drawings under the moniker Butch Dick Art), who are also long term partners, touch on growing up at different times and places, in Lincoln, Nebraska and San Francisco respectively. The two went through disparate experiences in connection to the gay community growing up, Loren more immersed in it while Raws stuck more to extreme music scenes, with both still being considered outsiders/punks to society at large. They also discuss the importance of confidence, and the power their live performances have on those who may not know what to expect, drawing influence from the likes of Suicide and The Pet Shop Boys to create an atmosphere that is fun but also subversively political by its very existence. Vocalist and founding member of the band, Raws, talks about his past in grindcore band Wasteoid, and the progression from that to “anti-dance” music, eventually evolving into the iteration of Plack Blague that people eagerly sweat to today.