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CMJ Photos: Cults at The Syndicate Conflict of Interest Party

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 16, 2013

  • The Syndicate Conflict of Interest Party
  • Brian Oblivion of Cults
  • Cults
  • Cults
  • Madeline Follin of Cults
  • Brian Oblivion of Cults
  • Madeline Follin of Cults
  • Cults
  • Madeline Follin of Cults
  • Cults
  • Photo: Cults at Brooklyn Bowl 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

    New York City -- Tuesday night was full of celebrations at Brooklyn Bowl. First day of CMJ Music Marathon - check. 15th Anniversary celebration of The Syndicate - check. Release date of Cult's sophomore LP - check.

    In 2010 while dating at NYU, Cults - aka Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion - released three catchy tracks to their Bandcamp site that launched them into an indie pop stardom across the web. These songs were then featured on a self-titled debut the following year, kicking off a slew of tour dates and festival stops. Yet despite their seemingly instant success, the duo have remained quiet over the past year leaving us to wonder whether they were a one album wonder or would return with a follow-up.

    While the latter was true, we still had to wait for CMJ to see (and hear) if Static could hold its own. Prior to the show, I got through the sophomore release once before heading out and was slightly disappointed there wasn't a track like "Go Outside" that stood out among the rest. The album seems a gloomier extension of the '60s girl group sound of reverberated vocals they established in their first LP. The bounce remains despite the pessimistic lyrics and, perhaps most impressive, the band remains despite the duo's breakup.

    On stage at Brooklyn Bowl, I liked the new tracks better - whether that's a testament to the songs or the atmosphere of a packed room of drunk celebrators will be left unanswered until I have a chance to see Static live once more. What I do know for sure, however, is the audience Tuesday night screamed and danced to old favorites and merely swayed during the new.

  • The Syndicate Conflict of Interest Party

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Brian Oblivion of Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Madeline Follin of Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Brian Oblivion of Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Madeline Follin of Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Madeline Follin of Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Cults

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

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    See Also:

    So Many CMJ Events, So Little Time [2013 Edition]
    Music Monday Playlist: CMJ Music Marathon 2013
    Top 10 Moments from FYF Fest 2013