Posted in music | pictures on December 10, 2012

photos by Lukas Hodge, words by Lauren Jackson

Cult of Youth @ Union Pool, 12/9/2012
Cult of Youth

On Sunday night (12/10), Brooklyn's Cult of Youth played a sold out show at Union Pool, with support from Seattle's King Dude (who also played Europa), and new band Boca Raton (playing their first show ever).

After going through shifts in line-up throughout the year, Cult of Youth has settled comfortably as a four-piece and, though frontman Sean Ragon's creative vision remains the same, their live performance has transformed, too. With fewer members onstage, the natural assumption would be that the band's performance lacked some element of its previous manifestation. The presence of fewer members, however, did not come off as something lost, but something gained. The quartet had room to breathe, and not just literally. The stripping away made each member's contribution more vital, and turned the focus entirely on what makes Cult of Youth's music so awesome--the unrelenting, battle march quality of their songs, wrapped up with Ragon's snarling lyrical delivery. No matter what stage they take, CoY marries American folk and American disillusionment perfectly, and now--in their new, less cluttered form--that's clearer than ever.

Supporting band King Dude helped to solidify that sentiment, too. If the Johnny Cash crooning and folk-drenched guitar playing didn't make it clear enough, the tattered American flag washed in black certainly did: this was a band singing about the America found in sad, small towns off highways in the middle of endless plains or desert. When asked what the flag meant to him, frontman TJ Cowgill aptly replied, "Well, we're an American band." In spite of the questions their aesthetic (black clothes, slicked back hair, Perkins and Cash Xeroxes) may call up, there really is very little to wonder about King Dude... a band with a simple name, singing beautifully sad songs about simple things, simple people and a simple way of life.

More pictures from CoY/King Dude below.


Boca Raton

Boca Raton

King Dude

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King Dude

Cult of Youth

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Comments (8)


This was a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 7:00 PM

hey, don't insult amex, they're BV's newest BFFs

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 7:12 PM

At what point during said evening's activities did Ed's No Grammy Bear take the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 7:58 PM

Sieg Heil!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 9:02 PM

whoa that's a huge-ass sacred bones tattoo

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 9:14 PM

#regret

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 2:32 AM

it's all very cool and clearly written! Respect!!!!

Posted by essay writers review | December 11, 2012 3:48 AM

^hate to say it, but if so, its for the best-they sounded roughly 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times better than when they were last in ny.

Posted by soft | February 9, 2013 10:55 PM

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