Cults Return With New Single “Crybaby”

April 24, 2024
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez




 Beloved New York alt-pop duo Cults, comprised of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, have shared their evocative new single, Crybaby’, out today on IMPERIAL; LISTEN HERE. 

Crybaby sees Cults making a welcome return with their first new music in two years, hinting at more on the horizon from the multi-platinum duo. 

On Crybaby right out of the gate, symphonic bells toll above a tribal beat laced with a dissonant guitar riff. Shaky tambourine gives way to a swooning horn section, and Madeline’s croon echoes with a lament, “Crybaby, you waste a lot of time it seems. The track keeps in the tradition of Cults cinematic sound, with a breezy, infectious hook. ‘Crybaby’ was co-written by Oblivion and Follin and produced by Cults and longtime cohort Shane Stoneback. 

Speaking about the new single, Cults comments, “‘Crybaby’ marks a new direction of exploration. We experimented with a lighter sound influenced by The Crystals, Joe Meek & Kraftwerk. A fun song but also a call out to both sides of codependency.” 

Cults delivers a track that uniquely captures this inventive energy and resonates a hit from the first play. Addictive hooks play into the soundscape with the delicate harmonies captivating with the lyrics that loop. How this duo still keep an air of mystery in their vision is truly an art form.

For 14 years we’ve been blown away by the tracks that Cults release and the latest once again showcases their talent.

Cults will be hitting the road in a big way in the coming months, with their own headline tour, a stop at Lollapalooza, and supporting Vampire Weekend on their U.S. tour this autumn. The headline North American run kicks off August 1st.  See below for a complete Cults tour itinerary. 

With over 1.5 billion streams and over 12 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Cults have built a world anchored by four acclaimed albums, and a distinct, mesmerising sound. Their loyal legion of fans includes early devotees, as well as new converts who organically discovered them along the way. 

Their virality is a testament to the band’s relatable lyricism and authenticity which consistently resonates with audiences. The staple ‘Always Forever’ reached RIAA platinum status, and the track Gilded Lily’ endured as a phenomenon. It took TikTok by storm with 200K-plus “creates” in 2022 and notched a gold certification. They appeared on J. Cole’s 6x-platinum smash ‘She Knows’ [feat. Cults & Amber Coffman] in addition to co-writing with everyone from G-Eazy to Freddie Gibbs. Beyond selling out venues on headline tours and shining on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, they graced the bills of BonnarooLollapalooza, and more.


* Supporting Vampire Weekend 

8.1.24 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

8.2.24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

8.4.24 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

8.6.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

8.7.24 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

8.9.24 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

8.10.24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

8.12.24 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

8.13.24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

8.15.24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club

8.16.24 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

8.17.24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

8.18.24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

8.20.24 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall

8.21.24 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock

8.22.24 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish Room

8.24.24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

8.25.24 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

8.26.24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

8.28.24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw 

9.19.24 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center *

9.20.24 – Cincinnati, OH @ The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park *

9.21.24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Everwise Amphitheatre *

9.23.24 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre *

9.24.24 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *

9.25.24 – Laval, QE @ Place Bell *

9.27.24 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *

9.28.24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *

9.30.24 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *

10.1.24 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *

10.2.24 – Charlottesville, VA @ Ting Pavillion *

10.4.24 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend

10.5.24 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

10.6.24 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

10.8.24 – Wilmington, NC @ Live Oak Bank Pavilion *

10.9.24 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre *

10.11.24 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *

10.12.24 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park *

10.13.24 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit *

10.15.24 – St. Augustine, FL @ The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre *

10.17.24 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center *

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