“There hasn’t been such a fun time to make music since the
Sixties,” says Brian Oblivion, who, with his girlfriend, Madeline
Follin, formed the Brooklyn indie band Cults last year. The film school
dropouts, whose debut LP came out in June, are putting out nostalgic,
beatific pop songs that have caught the ear of Lily Allen, who
subsequently signed them to her new UK-based label. “Our
generation is really optimistic and happy,” says Oblivion, 22.
“Everybody loves Top 40 music, these annoyingly infectious songs.
We’re trying to subvert that.”