Cultfever

NYC Year End Poll - Indie Pop Submission: Cultfever Ties with Dalton for 1st Place

Welcome to the always troublesome world of Cultfever. The Brooklyn-based duo made up from equal parts haunting vocals, (provided by singer/howler Tamara Jafar) and the warped groove sculptures of Joe Durniak. Though I'm not entirely sure what the endgame is, this is a group that clearly seems to be on a mission. From iPhone videos ('knewyouwell') to their rampaging self-titled debut, the band attacks with an emotional blast in tracks like my favorite 'Collector.' They won't be gentle with you, but that's probably not what you wanted from a band anyway. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

   

Deli CMJ Electro/Avant Pop Stages at The Delancey 10.18 with Wildlife Control, Dynasty Electric, Dinosaur Feathers, Il Abanico, Cultfever + more

DETAILS ABOUT THIS SHOW + STREAMING
COMPILATION OF ALL THE BANDS HERE

This is going to be the longest list of this whole series of announcements. On Thursday, we're once again taking over both floors of The Delancey with upstairs, a line-up of electro up-and-comers from all sides of the spectrum and downstairs, some creative pop gems fitting under the Avant Pop label, for a total of.. NINETEEN acts! So enough chit-chat, let's get to the list, because that is sure going to take up enough space.

Opening the (free!) upstairs show, Thomas Simon's ghostly mixes, followed by the bizarre folk-tronic experiments of Max Horwich's Sewing Machines, Cultfever's chaotic outputs and Railbird's more intimate creations. Next up, we've got three out-of-towners, i.e SF's Maus Haus, Philly's electro/hip hop artist Lushlife, and finally, Anomie Belle, from Seattle, co-headlining the show with NYC's own Dynasty Electric. Then, taking it to the later hours of the evening, Ducky, and Drop Electric (coming from DC).

Downstairs, our two headliners will be Dinosaur Feathers (top picture) and Wildlife Control, who both released this year a delicious new album, second for the former and a first for the latter. We've also got, on this stage, three acts coming from Los Angeles: openers American Royalty, shoegaze-pop band Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and Kiven, who will be closing the show. Add to this Columbian transplants Il Abanico, Conveyor, whom we covered in our last print issue, the catchy jams of five-piece Modern Rivals and finally, Santah, coming from Chicago, and.. I believe WE'RE DONE! In the pictures: Dynasty Electric & Wildlife Control.

   

Tracy's CMJ 2012 day 1: Foxygen, Dirty Fences, Murals, Yung Life, Cultfever, Yellow Red Sparks, Natureboy + more

Frankly, this first day of CMJ went a billion times better than I expected. What did I expect? To get lost, for sure, having not been in the city that long. To miss half of the bands I'd listed on some meticulous schedule/map scribbled in my notebook the night before. To be drinking far too much. Ok, maybe that did happen. It's one thing I had to learn, I guess: do not say yes to every drink that is handed to you, because people will be handing you PLENTY of them - that's what happens when you run a Marathon right? - Read Tracy Mamoun's full CMJ report here - In the picture and streaming, Foxygen.

   

Cultfever plays Mercury on 09.28 + Deli CMJ Electronic Stage on 10.18

To experience the next wave of Brooklyn music full blast and to grasp its weird complexities, one can’t do much better than Cultfever’s first single, “Knewyouwell.” The swelling of electronic chaos, motorik rhythm and shoegaze-y backing vocals wrap Tamara Jafar’s lusty soul leads in a kind of gothic disco whole that is greater than the sum of its many influences. Their self-titled debut album (released November 2011) sticks pretty close to this formula throughout; only towards the end do Cultfever break out of the club-like feel with the closers “Boys, Girls” and “Collector,” each boasting a more aspirational tone, replete with big choruses and fist-pumping declarations like “Hey darlin’, sticks and stones would make our homes if we were anyone, anyone else!” - See Cultfever at Mercury Lounge on Friday September 28 with Emanuel & the FEar, and at The Deli's CMJ Electronic Stage at The Delancey on 10.18 with Dynasty Electric, Lushlife, Maus Haus, Anomie Belle, Railbird and a few more. - Brian Chidester

   

Cultfever readies album + plays Mercury on March 13

Recently nominated for our Artist of the Month Poll, Cultfever is an electronic duo with both industrial and pop inclinations, as this cool new video for the song "Collector" can prove. The band is currently in the studio preparing their debut "physical" album, but they already have a bunch of songs released digitally through Bandcamp. The new single, with its complex arrangements and intricate percussion patterns, signals obvious signs of growth, which make us look forward to the upcoming release. While waiting, you can see them at The Mercury Lounge on Tuesday March 13.