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- Posted on May 2nd 2012 4:30PM by Melody Lau
New York noise pop band Cults are looking to make a dance record for their follow-up to last year's self-titled debut, but singer Madeline Follin doesn't recall how that came about.
"I really have no idea," Follin tells Spinner. "I think it was just a product of being on the road and what [singer/guitarist Brian Oblivion's] been listening to lately."
But even then, that doesn't really narrow it down. Because Oblivion was listening to an eclectic list of bands ranging from the Prodigy to Carly Rae Jepsen ("I was looking at his iPod and I was like, 'You have "Call Me Maybe" on your iPod?'"), there's honestly no telling what direction the band's next album will take.
"It's hard because we haven't really talked much about it and there are so many directions that it can go in," says Follin. "It can go the Prodigy route or... the Carly Rae Jepsen route, a Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration!"
Considering that Jim Jones is also an influence, there really is no telling what direction Cults are heading in.
With roughly 14 songs in the works -- Oblivion has completed most of his parts though Follin has yet to pen any lyrics -- the band hopes to take their time post-tour and pen up to 50 more songs before heading into the studio.
"We've been on tour for about two years now, with not many breaks, so all of our bodies are kind of breaking down," admits Follin, who, while speaking to us with a mere four stops left before the end of the Cults tour, was feeling deathly ill.
Although Follin can't speak to the lyrical themes of the new record yet, she can describe what Oblivion's done so far as "a little bit darker and it's definitely going to be a lot different."
"When we first started the band, Brian didn't even play guitar so he was struggling there. And now we've been on tour for so long he's gotten so much better at every instrument and we have the rest of the band to help so it'll be a lot more mature, I guess."
Just as with their debut full-length, Cults intend on taking as much time as they need to write and record this new album, avoiding any external pressures to churn something out.
"At the beginning, when people started writing about our music we felt like we had to rush so we wrote five songs in a week," explains Follin. "We ended up throwing them in the trash. We had to stop reading anything and stopped doing interviews.
"We took as much time as we needed and we didn't let anything or anybody rush us and that's how we'll do it this time."