Cults at the Bluebird Theater, 4/12/12 (photos and review)By Marc Hobelman | April 17th, 2012 | No Comments »
Playing almost every song on their self-titled debut album, as well as some new songs, the set was short but well paced. Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, who front the band, leaned into favorites like “You Know What I Mean” and “Go Outside” with passionate, committed performances. Follin added that bit of breaking voice when she switched from chesty verses to heady choruses. Without vibrato or flourishes, she puts a lot of power into a relatable, even tone. Live, Follin essentially pushes that tone to the point of slight growl in the best way.
The immediately striking feature of the show was the A/V projection. Cults made special mention at the end of the show of their “video guy” perched in the balcony next to a monster projector. The first note of “Abducted” at the top of the set hit and the stage, nay, the entire north wall of the Bluebird was bathed in archival footage and laser shapes. Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, every member of the band and most of the front of the audience were covered in a psychedelic picture show that felt really fresh. The only thing that stuck out at the end was the lack of encore pretense. Oblivion said something to the effect of “We’re not going to do the rock star fake out and run off stage for a few minutes.” They went right into their last song and ended the show. The fans that were shouting for an actual encore were disappointed when the house lights came up, but no one was nursing grudges based on the smiles on the sidewalk outside.
Marc Hobelman makes websites at The Denver Post, tweets pictures of his cat and is a regular contributor to Reverb.
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