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The backstory of Manhattan band Cults is second-nature by now: originally a duo, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released a three-song EP on Bandcamp in 2010 that gradually gathered accolades over the next year.
It eventually nabbed them a spot on famed major label Columbia Records, proof that no matter how small you start off, your impact can still be huge.
They released their self-titled debut to general acclaim last year and supported it was a string of sold-out dates.
Fans have become ravenous over their take on '60s-inspired bubblegum pop mixed with tinges of dark flavor, and it's not uncommon to see crowds singing along to every song — the tunes have a level of appeal that many haven't seen in years.
When I first heard Go Outside by Cults, I was hooked instantly.
I dove into the album by Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion and liked it so much, it landed at the number 1 slot on our Best Albums of 2011 list.
The follow up album was a bit of a different story.
Hurricane Sandy came to New York and totalled their recording equipment. Luckily, they still managed to put out an album, and a good one at that with Static.After catching their Toronto show late in 2013, Pete Hates Music caught up with Brian Oblivion (not his real name) over email to discuss the making of the second album, Hurricane Sandy, and getting shit from Ian Astbury of The Cult.Pete Hates Music (PHM): Given the success of the first album, how did you strike a balance between sticking with what worked versus pushing new ground and keeping things interesting?Brian Oblivion (BO): I guess if you’re us you just follow your interests.
I feel like there’s such a singular sound to the way that Madeline sings, and the way we like music to be produced that even if we thought we were making a heavy metal record it would come out sounding like Cults to everyone else.We didn’t consciously try to do anything different or the same, we just made the kind of music we wanted to hear and it came out like it did.PHM: How did Hurricane Sandy and the equipment destruction change things for album #2? BO: Hurricane Sandy really, really messed things up for a while.I feel like an idiot saying it, because so many people had it so much worse, but it wiped out almost every single piece of gear we painstakingly acquired over the previous three years, and really messed up our recording schedule for a while.