If I was going to join a cult, I’d hope the music that would soundtrack our lives would be as bursting-at-the-seams-sounding as Cults on record. But then I might leave the cult if we couldn’t reproduce the same depth of sound in a live setting. Because as everybody knows, cults are notorious for living up to their promises.
However, if the band Cults was a cult and I joined them, I wouldn’t sneak away in the middle of the night trying to recapture my freedom, because they sound every bit as layered live as they do recorded. Madeline Follin has a powerful voice and no matter how it was modulated onstage, it sounded right.
While the band only consists of Follin and Brian Oblivion (excellent name in music or in a cult), the extra three touring members gave Cults the full band sound they needed. There’s strength in numbers. Every cult knows that.