Live Concert Photography: Cults with Munya at Baby’s All Right 12/8/18
Comprised of core duo Brian Oblivion (vocals, guitar, keys, percussion) and Madeline Follin (vocals), along with a rotating cast of collaborators and friends, the New York-based indie pop act Cults can trace their origins to 2010 when the band’s core duo, both of whom were born in San Diego, met while attending school here in New York — Oblivion went to NYU while Follin went to The New School.
The act quickly emerged into the national scene with the release of their Cults 7 inch, an effort that included the Paul Kostabi-produced “Go Outside,” which was named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork. For the next six months or so, they toured opening for Richie Follin’s Band (Madeline’s brother), using overlapping members. Building upon a growing profile, the act released their self-titled full-length album to critical applause the following year through Lily Allen’s Columbia Records imprint, In The Name Of. Album title track “Abducted” was their second “Best New Music” named track on Pitchfork.
Cults closed out 2011 with a collaboration with Superhuman Happiness on a version of “Um Canto De Afoxé para o Bloco Do Ilê” that appeared on Red Hot Organization‘s Red Hot + Rio 2, an album for which proceeds from sales were donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues. The band also played at the ATP and Portishead curated ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in Asbury Park, NJ and at the ATP and Battles curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Festival.
In 2013, Cults were featured alongside Amber Coffman on J. Cole‘s “She Knows,” off his Born Sinner album, which peaked at #96 on the Billboard Hot 100 — with the album peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200. The band added to a breakthrough year with the release of their generally well-received sophomore album Static, which was written and recorded in the aftermath of Oblivion’s and Follin’s romantic breakup.
The band’s third album Offering was released last year, and since then the band has been busy touring to support it, as well as a the Offering B-Sides and Remixes package. They’ve also been writing some new material; in fact, their headlining set at Baby’s All Right was a career spanning one, featuring older material, some unreleased material and a few covers. The Quebec-born and-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Josie Boivin, best known as Munya opened. Check out photos from the show below.
Opening the night was Josie Boivin, a Quebec-based, classically trained pianist and opera vocalist, as well as an electronic pop producer, singer/songwriter and artist, best known as MUNYA. Now, as you may recall, Boivin had only written one song when she was asked to perform at last year’s Pop Montreal. Ironically, at the time, Bolvin had never intended to pursue music full-time but after playing at the festival, she quickly realized that what she was meant to do — be a musician. So Boivin quit her day job, moved in with her sister and turned their kitchen into a home recording studio where she wrote every day. These recordings would eventually become part of an EP trilogy — with each EP comprised of three songs — named after a significant place in Boivin’s life. Her self-released debut North Hatley derives its name from one of Boivin’s favorite little villages in Quebec and her second EP Delmano, which was released earlier his year through Fat Possum Records derives its name from Williamsburg Brooklyn’s Hotel Delmano.
Boivin’s set at Baby’s All Right was her first time performing in New York Metropolitan area — and her set featured her breezy yet melancholy pop sung mostly in her native French. Sonically speaking her material frequently sounds as though it should be a part of the soundtrack of a Michel Gondry film in which its sad protagonist gets thrown into a whimsical and colorful world.