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Cults Share New Song “No Risk” and Performed a Set for Lollapalooza’s Virtual Festival

Host Due Out September 18 via Sinderlyn

Aug 04, 2020
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Cults (the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) are releasing a new album, Host, on September 18 via Sinderlyn. Now they have shared another song from it, “No Risk,” which is actually a song about the benefits of taking risks. Listen below. Also, last Friday Cults did a session for Lollapalooza as part of their virtual festival, during which they debuted the new song “Like I Do.” Watch that below. 

Cults collectively had this to say about “No Risk” in a press release: “Antithetical to the title, the song is all about the benefits of taking risks, and how difficult that can be as a woman when being constantly told in both transparent and subliminal ways that you’re ‘second best’ or not worthy of the same voice. The song transforms the title from a place of complacency to a challenge to empower yourself.”

Host features “Spit You Out,” a new song Cults shared in June, via a video (it was one of our Songs of the Week). Then when the album was announced they shared another new song from it, “Trials,” also via a video. “Trials” also made our Songs of the Week list. 

Cults co-produced Host with Shane Stoneback and it was mixed by John Congleton and mastered by Heba Kadry. Loren Shane Humphrey (The Last Shadow Puppets, Florence and the Machine, Guards) plays drums on the album.

The album finds Follin exerting a bit more creative control than before and taking a larger role in the songwriting.

“In the past, I’d never brought my own music to the table because I was just too shy,” Follin says in a press release.

“When Shane and I heard what Madeline had written, we couldn’t believe it,” says Oblivion. “The music just floored us.”

The band’s last regular studio album was 2017’s Offering. Although in 2018 Cults also released another album where they covered The Motels’ classic 1979 debut album Motels in its entirety as part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious Series. 

Read our 2017 interview with Cults on Offering.

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