For all the uber cool Jesus Hipsters (very long dark hair, pale skin, peaceful eyes) at Bottom Of The Hill on Monday night, the one that actually climbed on to the stage to perform was surprisingly nervous and not cool at all. Cults' Brian Oblivion has a surprisingly scattered and uncollected stage presence, as he bobs around between and during songs trying to decide whether to play bad guitar or bad synth. He looks like someone told him to wear a skinny black tie because that's whats in now. This lack of composure may be borne of Cults well documented expedious rise to fame (Pitchfork liked their debut EP).
Thankfully despite the bands technical shortcomings and lack of grace, they have a firecracker of a frontwoman in Madeline Folly and a plethora of perfect pop melodies. Madeline grips the end of her skirt and joyfully dances as though it were 1964. Despite what I had been told, her voice live was excellent and, accompanied with a glockenspiel, hit "Go Outside" sounded huge, propelling the sold out crowd into head bobbing and wide smiles. The band played most of their debut LP, opening with the dark Spector-esque duet, Abducted. To ensure the crowd left satisfied Mr. Oblivion kindly handed out beers to those at the front. It seems as though this band have been touring endlessly this year, and they still seem like they are enjoying their new found fame. Check them out while you can.
Thanks to Chris Trewin for the photos.