Cults (band)

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Cults
Cults 2014 Kranhalle-9.jpg
Madeline Follin(left) and Brian Oblivion(right) of Cults
Background information
Origin Manhattan, New York, United States
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels In the Name Of, Columbia
Website cultscultscults.com
Members Brian Oblivion
Madeline Follin

Cults is an American indie pop band formed in New York City in 2010. The band first came to prominence when they posted a three song EP, Cults 7", on their Bandcamp page.[1] They are signed to In the Name Of, a record label set up by British singer Lily Allen.

History[edit]

Madeline Follin, 2014, Munich

Cults formed in 2010 while guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin were students in New York City. Oblivion went to NYU to study documentary cinema, Follin went to The New School.[1] Madeline had previously recorded with punk band Youth Gone Mad on the album, Touching Cloth. Cults released an EP on Forrest Family Records, Cults 7", with the track "Go Outside" recorded by Paul Kostabi at Thunderdome Studios,[2] named "Best New Music" by Pitchfork Media.[3] They toured supporting the Richie Follin's Band with overlapping members for six months before signing to ITNO/SONY. Their song "Go Outside" had a video made for it which starred Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Another video featured the band inter-cut with footage of Jim Jones and Jonestown.[4]

Their self-titled debut album, Cults, was released on June 7, 2011, by Columbia Records imprint In the Name Of run by Lily Allen.[5] The album received generally positive reviews,[6][7] and a second "Best New Music" from Pitchfork was earned for the track "Abducted".[8]

In 2011 Cults collaborated with the group Superhuman Happiness on a version of the track "Um Canto De Afoxé para o Bloco Do Ilê" for the Red Hot Organisation's most recent charity album Red Hot+Rio 2. The album is a follow-up to the 1996 Red Hot + Rio. Proceeds from sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues. The band was chosen to perform at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival curated by ATP & Portishead in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey,[9] and also by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[10]

In early 2012 Cults are due to perform at the Australasian music festival Laneways. In an interview with 3news.co.nz[11] they said people could expect a more "aggressive sound" with a lot of changes being made to songs as a five-piece band.

In an interview with the magazine Coup De Main,[12] Madeline Follin was quoted saying that "You Know What I Mean" is her favorite song on their self-titled debut album.

In 2013 they were featured alongside Amber Coffman on J. Cole's Born Sinner album which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The song later peaked at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100

Brian Oblivion, 2014, Munich

Band members[edit]

  • Madeline Follin – vocals
  • Brian Oblivion – vocals, guitar, percussion

Live members[edit]

  • Gabriel Rodriguez – aux, guitar
  • Cory Stier[13] - drums
  • Nathan Aguilar – bass guitar
  • Marc Deriso – drums
  • Richie Follin[14] (past) – guitar
  • Loren Humphrey - drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Breihan, Tom. "Rising: Cults". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Thunderdome Studios Recording". Wix.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry. "The Playlist: Cults – "Go Outside"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAM9diyVRiM
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Cults Unveil New Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cults Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe. "Album Reviews: Cults: Cults". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Zach. "The Playlist: Cults – "Abducted"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "ATP America presents I'll Be Your Mirror curated by Portishead & ATP – All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav - All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Interview with 3news.co.nz". 3news.co.nz. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "{is your friend} please read me. or I will eat you up & swallow you whole". Coup De Main Magazine. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Artists-> Cory Stier (Image)". Paiste. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  14. ^ "The Willowz". The Willowz. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Cults - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  16. ^ "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE : COMBINED SINGLES (200) : Chart Date: 11.06.2011". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  17. ^ "CANOE – JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Cults Announce New Album Static | News". Pitchfork. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299835/cults/chart

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