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Review: Cults at Larimer Lounge, 8/1/11

CULTS at LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/1/11


Madeline Follin of Cults last night at the sold-out Larimer Lounge show.
Madeline Follin of Cults last night at the sold-out Larimer Lounge show.
Brandon Marshall

In a lot of ways, last night's fast and furious set from Cults at the Larimer Lounge was the best show possible for a band with a short discography. They played the hits and sounded good doing it, and when they left the stage less than an hour later, nobody was disappointed. Everyone, it seemed, just wanted to get out. It was crazy hot in there.

Cults opened with "Abducted." Madeline Follin swayed back and forth from behind the microphone, her voice sounding just as alternately sweet and smoky as the album. "I feel like it's raining in here," she said after the song, indicating the humidity in the small, sold-out room.

The second song was "The Curse," a relatively older track for the band formed in 2010. While the jazzy, soulful song opened strongly and atmospherically, it fizzled out at the end, which could be why is wasn't included on Cults's self-titled album.

Aside from the heat, there were some sound issues. The sound out of the speakers was tinny, and the drums, especially the snare, sounded shrill. Opener Guards played a solid opening set that was marred by feedback most of the way through. The five-piece, featuring Richie Follin, brother of Cults lead woman-slash-heartthrob Madeline Follin, didn't get to sound-check.

Brian Oblivion of Cults last night at Larimer Lounge.
Brian Oblivion of Cults last night at Larimer Lounge.
Brandon Marshall

The set continued with the occasional "it is really hot" remark from Brian Oblivion, the other half of Cults. Follin and Oblivion steadily worked through their album, backed by three guys covering guitar, percussion and bass. Sound issues aside, they sounded tight and without frills. The crowd remained relatively still -- making the occasional exception for the band's hits like "You Know What I Mean" and "Go Outside."

The show ended without an encore. "We all know it's hot in here, so here's our last song," Oblivion said before launching into "Oh My God." Then it was all over, and the crowd knew it. They quickly flooded out.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: Before I got the album in June, I didn't want to like Cults because of the incessant buzz, but the album's '60s pop-meets-'80s rock sensibilities proved too charming to resist. It has been on my iTunes Top 25 Most Played list for a couple of months. Random Details: It was the sound guy's first night on the job, according to Guards. By the Way: The band left Denver shortly after the set for a show in Kansas City tonight.

More photos from last night's Cults show are on the next page.

 

James of San Diego' Writer.
James of San Diego' Writer.
Brandon Marshall
Andy of Writer.
Andy of Writer.
Brandon Marshall
Guards last night at Larimer Lounge.
Guards last night at Larimer Lounge.
Brandon Marshall
The merch table at Larimer Lounge last night.
The merch table at Larimer Lounge last night.
Brandon Marshall
Stacy of the Larimer Lounge is ready to open.
Stacy of the Larimer Lounge is ready to open.
Brandon Marshall
Traci and Theo, one of the first concert goers in the door, Theo and Traci made a trip down from Casper, Wyoming for what they said "will be worth the trip."
Traci and Theo, one of the first concert goers in the door, Theo and Traci made a trip down from Casper, Wyoming for what they said "will be worth the trip."
Brandon Marshall
Tim and Amber enjoy a cold beer while waiting for the first band to go on.
Tim and Amber enjoy a cold beer while waiting for the first band to go on.
Brandon Marshall

 

Vodka Crew! Ashley, Rich and Robby with Vodka Cranberry and Vodka Tonic in hand, the drink of choice among friends.
Vodka Crew! Ashley, Rich and Robby with Vodka Cranberry and Vodka Tonic in hand, the drink of choice among friends.
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John and Tim are ready to roll.
John and Tim are ready to roll.
Jamie and Ashley of Colorado Springs.
Jamie and Ashley of Colorado Springs.
Brandon Marshall
Janine enjoys a Blue Moon.
Janine enjoys a Blue Moon.
Brandon Marshall
Youth Revolt. After growing up in Pennsylvania Amish County, Ian enjoys the modern comforts of beer.
Youth Revolt. After growing up in Pennsylvania Amish County, Ian enjoys the modern comforts of beer.
Brandon Marshall

 

Daniel and Stacy watch a set from the Grads. Stay is a "proud Denver Native."
Daniel and Stacy watch a set from the Grads. Stay is a "proud Denver Native."
Brandon Marshall
Andy and Jenn raise their glasses.
Andy and Jenn raise their glasses.
Brandon Marshall
Joe and Chelsea.
Joe and Chelsea.
Brandon Marshall
Patio friends keep their spot and drinks in hand throughout the night.
Patio friends keep their spot and drinks in hand throughout the night.
Brandon Marshall
Becks beer drinking contender.
Becks beer drinking contender.
Brandon Marshall

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