CULTS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “I TOOK YOUR PICTURE” NEW ALBUM OFFERING OUT OCTOBER 6VIA SINDERLYN NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR CONFIRMED
Last month, Cults announced their new album Offering and shared the title track from the record. Today, they give fans another taste of what is to come with single “I Took Your Picture.” Of the single the band note, “‘I Took Your Picture’ was inspired by falling into a deeper love with 80’s power pop bands like The Motels and The Cars. It’s a song about fleeting moments and how we let past feelings interrupt the possibility for good things to happen. ‘Tinge of blue, to the end, left our hearts, with regrets, I’m learning.’ It’s a daily struggle to try and stay open and available but it’s probs worth it. And you can dance to it!
Offering will be released on October 6 via Sinderlyn and it marks the band’s first LP since 2013’s Static. In support of Offering, Cults will be touring North America with dates starting October 14 in Philadelphia. Highlights include Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg on October 17 and the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on November 7. The tour concludes November 19 in Baltimore, MD. Advance tickets in participating markets come with a download redemption of the album. The band are also playing Hartford, CT’s Small State Great Beer Brewfestand on September 16. All dates are listed below and tickets on sale now.
While Cults made their name in black and white – a pair of film school dropouts who in 2010 burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound – Offering is an exciting collection of songs exploding with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life.
The core duo remains the same – Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion – and both still live in New York.
In making Offering Cults took their time, going through a few dozen discarded demos before arriving on a pair of songs that felt special. Once they had a direction, Follin and Oblivion enlisted longtime engineer Shane Stoneback to help guide the sessions, working bit by bit, never rushing, letting the material develop naturally.
Offering will thrill ride-or-die Cults fans. At the same time, Offering goes places Cults haven’t gone before. Pink Floyd was a big inspiration, freeing up the band to try new song structures and play with vintage synths. In the 4 year break Follin and Oblivion have developed a confidence in the studio and a strong, full sound; Offering is the work of two artists who know what they want and how to make it happen.
Offering also marks the beginning of a more collaborative phase for Cults. The pair have always traded ideas, but for the first time they sat down to jam out ideas together in a room. Follin, who has always written her own parts, came into her own as instrumentalist during the Offering sessions, playing drums and keyboards throughout. Her equal partnership with Oblivion flies in the face of a far-too-common industry assumption that women are passive participants in their own art.
After three years of work in New York, LA, San Francisco, in studios and sweaty living rooms, the band finished the bulk of recording. But it was a classic “last day in the studio” demo-happy session that gave the album its opener and title track, a hope-in-darkness song that Oblivion calls “one of the most outward-looking things we’ve done, it’s a lifeline.”Follin adds: “we both decided independently of each other that it had to be the title.”
Praise for “Offering”:
“Washed in warm synths and thick, weighty drums, “Offering” cuts straight to the heart of what makes a Cults’ track great, as singer Madeline Follin offers breathy, reflective vocals.” SPIN on “Offering”
“Glittery, synth-laden” Consequence of Sound on “Offering”
“The new single is heavy on the shimmery, synth vibes – piled with layers upon layers of background 8-bit fuzz, with Madeline Folin’s pure, ethereal vocals slicing through the static psych atmosphere.”
The Key WPXN
“A mysterious and dark theme, guided by heavy bass and drum beats and lead singer Madeleine Follin’s unmistakably angelic vocals.” MXDWN on “Offering”
“Take this one out on a night drive, when the world feels alive. Welcome back, Cults.”Revolt TV on “Offering”
“An eye-catching move away from what’s become the classic Cults sound.” Grimy Goods on “Offering”
Offering track listing
Cults North American tour dates
09/16 – Hartford, CT – Small State Great Beer Brewfest
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/15 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/18 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/19 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
10/20 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/21 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
10/22 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
10/25 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
10/26 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
10/27 – Omaha, NE – Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
10/28 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/31 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
11/01 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
11/03 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
11/04 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s
11/05 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
11/06 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
11/07 – Los Angeles,CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
11/11 – Dallas, TX – Dada
11/12 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
11/13 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/14 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
11/15 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
11/16 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
11/17 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
11/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11/19 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
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