Cults at Rhythm Room, 3/19/12 (VIDEO)

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Photos and video by Melissa Fossum

Cults
Rhythm Room
Monday, March 19, 2012

Better Than: Sweating buckets or inhaling copious amounts of secondhand smoke at previous Cults shows.

Being "Internet famous" can come as a mixed blessing, but Cults has now played three sold out Arizona shows thanks to hype from the blogosphere.

The band's career started when founders (and boyfriend/girlfriend) Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin posted a few songs online for friends to hear and ended up attracting national attention. Part of Cults' allure was its mystery--on the surface, the band plays sunny, upbeat indie with twinges of '60s pop, but there's something darker lurking under the air of sweetness and innocence.

I was first introduced to Cults when the band opened for The Morning Benders a couple years ago. I was smitten by what appeared to be the physical manifestation of what would happen if Nancy Sinatra met Charles Manson. Beyond the upbeat, glockenspiel-driven melodies lurks something a little more sinister. Just listen to "Abducted," it seems like an intense love song, but it's really about an unhealthy relationship.

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After that show, I, like many others scoured the internet for any information I could possibly find about Cults. I listened to the three song demo quite a bit in the months leading up to the release of the band's debut full length album last year. I believe the album is what launched Cults into full fledged buzzband territory, because the band sold out its Club Congress show last summer and drew a huge crowd at FYF Fest in Los Angeles.

Both shows were fun, but pretty similar. I was a little disappointed that I drove down to Tucson to see Cults perform a relatively short 45 minute set, only to hear a very similar setlist at FYF. Regardless, they are a great live band that really exemplifies their charm in person, but it's done in a modest way, as if the band is still coming to terms with its large fanbase.


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Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

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