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Cults Announce ‘Offering’ Out October 6 Via Sinderlyn, Share Title Track, Announce Tour Dates

Cults are excited to announce their return with a new album and North American Tour. Offering will be released on October 6 via Sinderlyn.  The album marks their first since 2013’s Static. Today they share the LP’s title track and of “Offering” the band note “We had been working on a lot of songs for a long time and when this one came together it felt like a release. We were trying to make a jam about finding hope in what can seem like a hopeless situation. It’s hard these days to feel like you’re being heard, or like the people who might hear you care enough to look outside themselves and help you.

The song kind of comes full circle in the bridge, with the lines ‘Give back to, the one who first gave you, the one that you know, the one who forgave you, who showed you love.’ In stress full moments we think its important to focus on the people who have helped you out and are there for you. Every cool thing that ever happened started with just a few close people in a room together.


With the release of Offering, Cults will also return to the road. Their first tour in support of the album kicks off October 14 in Philadelphia at Johnny Brendas and makes stops at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 17 and the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on November 7.  The tour concludes on November 19 at Ottobar in Baltimore, MD – all dates are listed below.  Tickets go on sale next Friday, July 14th.  As a special offer, fans will also receive a digital album redemption with every online ticket purchase except where noted.  More details to follow.

Offering sees the band signing to acclaimed label Sinderlyn. The label’s Mike Sniper notes, “I contacted the band in 2010 when I first heard “Go Outside” and asked if they were going to make an album. I forgot to tell them I wanted to release said album. I basically started Sinderlyn to try and sign them.”

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.  After the whirlwind of their sophomore album, 2013’s Static, died down, Follin and Oblivion made a conscious decision to shift gears:

“I feel like we stepped into a tour van when we were 21, and basically didn’t get out of it for the next few years,” Oblivion says. “We wanted to give ourselves some space to have normal lives, and wait until there was something new to say.”

“It was exciting, because writing stopped feeling like a homework assignment. I was able to sit down and do it only when I wanted to,” says Follin. These songs are less art projects, less thinking ‘this is a heartbreak song, what would Lesley Gore do?’ and more reflective of things that have happened in our own lives.”

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.”  

Pre-order Offering here 

Offering track listing

1. Offering
2. I Took Your Picture
3. With My Eyes Closed
4. Recovery
5. Right Words
6. Good Religion
7. Natural State
8. Nothing Is Written
9. Talk In Circles
10. Clear From Far Away
11. Gilded Lily

Cults North American tour dates

10.24.17 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10.15.17 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
10.17.17 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
10.18.17 –  Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
10.19.17 – The Hollow – Albany, NY
10.20.17 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
10.21.17 – Marble – Detroit, MI
10.22.17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
10.24.17 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
10.25.17 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
10.27.17 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10.28.17 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO
10.29.17 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10.31.17 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
11.1.17 – Star Theater – Portland, OR
11.3.17 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
11.4.17 – Pappy and Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA
11.5.17 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA
11.6.17 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
11.7.17 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
11.9.17 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix Arizona
11.11.17 – Dada – Dallas, TX
11.12.17 – Antone’s – Austin, TX
11.13.17 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11.14.17 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
11.15.17 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11.16.17 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11.17.17 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
11.18.17 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11.19.17 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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