Indie rock band Cults perform at UAF

Elika Roohi/Sun Star Reporter
Feb. 25, 2014

The New York indie rock band Cults packed the Pub on Saturday night as the culmination of Winter Carnival activities.

Singer Madeline Follin and guitarist Brian Oblivion met in 2010 when they were both film students in New York City. They recorded several songs and released an EP on Bandcamp, a site mainly used by independent artists to promote themselves. From there, the band went on tour to promote their music and was signed by a prominent label in 2011.

The group was brought up by UAF’s Concert Board, which brings artists up to Fairbanks several times a year. According to the News-Miner, the Concert Board has had their eye on Cults for a few years, and when they heard they were going to be performing in Anchorage, decided to try to bring them to Fairbanks.

Their show in Fairbanks was the last performance in a very long tour, and the band was excited to wrap things up in a place they had never been before, according to Follin.

Concert Board usually brings up bands for Starvation Gulch in the fall and Spring Fest in the spring, but decided to have a Winter Carnival show this year. The mid-winter Nanook tradition is typically celebrated with the Gov Cup hockey game between UAA and UAF, but the game fell on a different weekend this year due to the Nanooks switching hockey leagues.

Students showed their support for the indie band by packing the dance floor and getting down to their music on Saturday night.

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