Madeline Follin(left) and Brian Oblivion(right) of Cults
|Origin||Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Labels||In the Name Of, Columbia|
Cults formed in 2010 while guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin were students at The New School. They began making music in their spare time to share with their friends. 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 named "Best New Music" by Pitchfork Media. They toured supporting the Willowz(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.
Their self-titled debut album, Cults, was released on June 7, 2011, by Columbia Records imprint In the Name Of run by Lily Allen. The album received generally positive reviews, and a second "Best New Music" from Pitchfork was earned for the track "Abducted".
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, and also by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England.
In early 2012 Cults are due to perform at the Australasian music festival Laneways. In an interview with 3news.co.nz 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 magazine Coup De Main, Madeline Follin was quoted saying that "You Know What I Mean" is her favorite song on their self titled debut album.
Band members 
- Madeline Follin – vocals
- Brian Oblivion – vocals, guitar, percussion
Live members 
- Gabriel Rodriguez (Pascalle, Boomsnake) – aux, guitar
- Cory Stier (Mrs. Magician, Boomsnake, Weatherbox, Pistolita) - drums
- Nathan Aguilar (Boomsnake) – bass guitar
- Marc Deriso (Japandi) (past) – drums
- Richie Follin (past) – guitar
- Loren Humphrey (past) - drums
Cults EP Forrest Family Records
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- "Cults Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Tangari, Joe. "Album Reviews: Cults: Cults". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Kelly, Zach. "The Playlist: Cults – "Abducted"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- "ATP America presents I'll Be Your Mirror curated by Portishead & ATP – All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
- "Interview with 3news.co.nz". 3news.co.nz. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- "CANOE – JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved June 21, 2011.