This week San Francisco gets a double dose of New York’s Cults. On April 4th Cults will headline the Great American Music Hall, and then take over Slim’s the following night on April 5th. The indie-rockers mainly consist of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, but expand to a five-piece band for live shows. Cults first gained notoriety when it self-released Cults 7’ in 2010. The EP, released via bandcamp, included the very catchy and rhythmic “Go Outside.” With praise from outlets like Pichfork and NME, Oblivion, Follin and company have been on a steady tear ever since.
Cults’ twee and indie pop sound is not all that dissimilar to Best Coast. Thus, it’s not surprising that the former opened up for the latter for a few shows in 2010. Thereafter, things ramped up even more for Cults when it signed a major-label deal with Columbia Records in November that same year. Under Columbia, Cults then released its self-titled debut album in the summer of 2011. In NME’s review of the LP, the publication highlighted that “the album’s finest moments arise out of straight-down-the-line ’60s chic.”
That ‘60s influence is rather undeniable, and is indeed at the core of the band’s charm. In all, Cults’ sound is the type of music that you sway your shoulders to in such a loose and fluid fashion that you’re liable to do it for an entire day without even realizing it. With the seasoning that Cults has garnered up to this point–which includes having also toured with Foster the People last fall–the band is currently taking the next step by going on its first headlining tour. Its swing through the Bay Area this week is the start of the final leg of a four-month trek with stops not just in the United States but also Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan as well.