Thursday, June 16
It is hard to tell you who or what Cults is. Some of the information that we do have: they’re a very fast rising indie-pop duo from New York City, via San Diego, who signed up to release their debut full-length album on Columbia Records after the release of a brief, but well received EP last year. There is no back-story here. No tales of epic challenges or past failures that led to their rise. Nope, just a mysterious buzz that has followed them from SXSW to Cochella and now to Buffalo. That buzz was fed by last week’s proclamation of “Best New Music” by Pitchfork for their self-titled album, and a four-star review from the Guardian. And that, folks, is the hype-machine report. What this boy/girl duo really sounds like is a mixture of the Go! Team’s cheery beats, Sleigh Bells’ noise pop, and Yacht’s happy strangeness. Their hot single, “Go Outside” hits on all cylinders, firing off reverberated group vocals, do-wop guitar flaps, and sun soaked bells that lay the groundwork for the rest of their 1960s girl-pop inflected album. Join Cults when they perform at Babeville’s Ninth Ward on Thursday (tonight!).