New York duo Cults just fell into music. It really was a "big accident", according to 22-year-old guitarist and singer Brian Oblivion. He and his girlfriend, singer Madeline Follin, were writing songs at home purely for fun and to entertain themselves.
They put the results on the net for friends who passed them on to their friends and within one week they'd had enough positive feedback that they decided to form a band.
Named after Oblivion's fascination for cults, the band has been together less than two years and played their first live show in May last year. Without any experience in previous bands, they've been learning on the job, whether it's how to juggle an already busy touring schedule or recording their debut self-titled album.
Former film students at New York University, Cults released an EP last year and their album of retro lo-fi pop came out earlier this month. The album, the first released on Lily Allen's In the Name Of label, features the songs which brought them attention - Go Outside, Most Wanted and Oh My God.
"The songs we wrote after the first ones were almost like us trying to imitate ourselves and that didn't feel right," Oblivion says, sitting backstage at Ani DiFranco's Babeville venue in Buffalo.
"Instead we tried to hold the spirit of fun with which we wrote the first songs."
While they have a three-piece band on the road with them, Oblivion loves being in a band with his girlfriend because it means he never misses her on tour, unlike the other members, all friends of Oblivion since high school in San Diego.
He says the couple try to distance the music from their personal relationship and openly admits their debut would have otherwise been very dark.
"We fight and that's a reality. Any band would be lying if they say they don't. It's a tenuous thing having so many different preferences and attitudes coming together.
"My relationships have always been heated. I'm not afraid of fighting. If you're not fighting, then you don't know what you want. Contentment is really boring."
Oblivion says this ethos is one of the driving themes of the airy, chiming and sometimes sinister album. Trouble and drama, he feels, is far more preferable to nothingness, boredom and complacency.
A guitar player since early high school, Oblivion bonded with Follin over common musical ground. While Oblivion was into Aphex Twin and hip-hop and Follin loved Neil Young and folk, they eventually met musically at 1960s pop.
"We hated each other's music so we play 60s pop around the house all the time," Oblivion says."That was a major influence on the album but we both tried to drag in a little of what else we also love."
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