Intimate and engaging: Cults at the Grand Social

In the intimate surroundings of the Grand Social, New York’s favourite indie pop duo, Cults, concluded their two-year world tour in Dublin last Sunday.

Accompanied by an engaging live band, the couple, guitarist Brian Oblivion and lead vocalist Madeline Follin, lived up to their celebrated live reputation. The group performed a tight set of loveable pop songs to an attentive audience.

Highlights of the set included the incredibly catchy ‘Go Outside’ and ‘Most Wanted’. When the band slowed the pace for their quieter songs, Madeline encouraged the audience to “dance and make out”, which they did, imitating a scene from a high-school prom.

Brian interacted with the audience by occasionally raising his can of beer in salute.

The group enjoyed their end-of-show drinks onstage; the audience also raised a glass, as a toast to Cults for their sublime performance.

Hunching over a microphone, Brian Oblivion brought the evening to a close. He said: “It’s been a long time since we’ve had fun in a city, but we’ve actually had fun [in Dublin]. This tour sucked at times…like when we were in Italy”. The Grand Social erupted with applause.

Cults have enjoyed a successful year after the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut abum last June, which was published by Lily Allen’s record label In the Name Of. They have gone from strength to strength since then.

If this show is anything to go by, Cults will continue to triumph.

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