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[music video]: Cults – High Road

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2013

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“High Road” is a single off Cults new album Static which comes out October 15 via Columbia. The video is perfectly shot in black and white.

The song seriously keeps getting better and better with every listen. It doesn’t quite jump out at you at first, but on multiple listens it just connects with you. These guys have found ways to take their sound to an even more sturdy and mature sound.

Watch the video below.
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[new]: Cults – High Road

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013 — with 1 comment

Cults latest track to be shared from new album Static is the lush “High Road.”

It’s a dreamy little track that is relaxing and instant. It’s got a easy going pace that just surrounds you and keeps your head bobbing to the funky bassline. I’m enjoying this even more than “I Can Hardly Make You Mine”, the other song from the album that we heard.

Enjoy it below.

[new]: Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine

By Will Oliver, August 13th 2013 — with 1 comment


Cults are back with a new song titled “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” and it hits a lot harder than I would have expected. There’s a new found focus on psych-rock elements and a more than satisfying vocal performance from Madeline Follin. Cults have dove into some lush production, and the results are quite delicious.

Enjoy “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” below. It’s off their new album Static which comes out October 15 via Columbia.

Cults Announce New Album: Static

By Will Oliver, July 25th 2013

Cults - Static

Cults have seemingly been touring for their debut album forever. They’re new album was long overdue, good thing that they just announced their new album today. It’s called Static, and it comes out October 15 via Columbia Records. Cults themselves produced the album along with help from Shane Stoneback (who worked on the debut) and Ben Allen.

They released a teaser trailer for the album that features 2 new album tracks: “We’ve Got It” & “So Far.” The latter sounds epic as well. Watch it below.

Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, and Cults got together (as well as Sleigh Bells – but I had to believe before their set) to play a special benefit show for Hurricane Sandy relief. All played short but effective sets that featured the best of their material, set to please all of those in attendance. It was an incredible lineup that put on a memorable show that went towards a good cause. What’s not to like?

Catch galleries of all three bands below.
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Cults @ Governors Ball (June 24, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2012 — with 1 comment

Cults have grown since their set last summer. The band ripped through Governors with ease, sounding more confident and fuller.

Madeline Follins’ stage presence has improved, as she won me over immediately. Like their music, their live show isn’t breaking new grounds. What it lacks in that department it makes up in a good old fashioned music. It was a highly enjoyable set. Cults should only continue to grow as they rack on more performances.

Cali Strauhs – You Know What I Mean (Cults cover)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2011 — with 1 comment

Cali Strauhs is not only a dear friend of mine, but a very talented singer who I just know is gonna make it someday. Cults are one of the many bands we both crushed over this summer, so it’s no surprise to see her cover “You Know What I Mean”.

Cal’s version is focused on the emotion found in Madeline Follin’s vocals. She turns the song on it’s head delivering a emotion driven version stripped down to it’s core.

It’s a beautiful cover. One that you shouldn’t ignore. Listen below:

You Know What I Mean (Cults cover) by Cali Strauhs

The line-up of Friendly Fires, The Naked & Famous, and Cults is an impressive lineup for any concert. Add in the fact that they’re all performing for free at Central Park, and you got a deal. It was a hot day, but it didn’t stop me and the rest of the audience from showing up for this free show which is an absolute steal.

Cults got us started with a short, but oh so sweet set. They were delightful live, giving plenty of life to the sunny songs that compose of their debut LP. Madeline Follin is adorable live, and her vocals lived up to my expectations. I may not have been completely blown away, but I couldn’t help but smile at the very flattering set from the young band.

Not every song from New Zealand’s The Naked & Famous works, but when the band hits their stride, they create some highly enjoyable electronic rock. “Punching In A Dream” and “Young Blood” were the clear highlights of the bands set, which was no surprise to me since they are the standout tracks from their debut album, Passive Me Aggressive You. Some parts dragged, and seemed very samey, but most of the set was enjoyable enough to keep the crowd dancing.

I was never able to gauge what Friendly Fires were like live from live videos on youtube. The band often seemed flat, mostly due to what often seemed like subpar vocals from Ed Macfarlane. The band immediately relieved me of any doubts when they opened with a great rendition of “Lovesick” that proved that they could pull of their blend of dance-rock live. “Jump In The Pool” followed, and it didn’t take much for the crowd to get excited.

It was a healthy set of old and new that worked very well. Each member of the band showed a lot of energy, especially Macflarlane who had no problem putting his thrust heavy dance moves on center-stage. This made the tailor made frontman entertaining to watch, especially when his vocals sounded pinpoint sharp, contrary to what the live videos online tried to make me believe.

The point of a dance rock band is to make you dance, and entertain. Friendly Fires did all of that, and more. They made the 90 degree heat very bearable, and made a lot of New Yorkers in Central Park, very, very happy.

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