Ten Questions with Cults (at Bemis Center Oct. 27); SAVAK streams Cut-Ups; KMFDM, Primitive Man tonight…

Category: Interviews — Tags: , , , — @ 12:46 pm October 26, 2017
Cults at 1100 Warehouse, SXSW, March 15, 2012.

Cults at 1100 Warehouse, South by Southwest Music Festival, March 15, 2012. The band plays the Bemis Art Auction After Party Oct. 27.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Dreamy synth-rock duo Cults have generated a musical cult of their own since their self-titled full-length debut released in 2011 by Columbia Records imprint In the Name Of, run by indie star Lily Allen. Since then, New Yorkers Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion have released two more critically acclaimed albums, 2013’s Static and their latest offering, titled Offering, which came out earlier this month on Sinderlyn.

The new album is a collection of dreamy, floating pop songs that display Follin’s floating, echoing voice over a cushion of synths, guitars and tapping drums, a perfect setting for an early evening bike ride on a vacant, treelined blacktop county road. The duo’s Oct. 27 performance with Omaha’s own dream-pop duo, Closeness, is part of the Bemis Center Art Auction After Party, a joint promotion of Bemis and the Maha Music Festival.

I’m told that there are fewer than 50 tickets left for this show, btw…

I caught up with Cults and asked them to take my Ten Questions survey. Here’s what they had to say.

1. What is your favorite album?


Cults: Home Schooled-The ABCs Of Kid Soul. Pretty sure everyone in our band could sing every lyric to every song from this record. The mix of incredible musicianship with the most bizarre/touching vocal performances you’ve ever heard perfectly rides the line between emotionality and kitsch.

2. What is your least favorite song?

Sugar Ray, “Every Morning.” I once had the song stuck in my head for an entire year. It’s a great song but having any song stuck in your head for that long will ruin it for you!


3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

Being able to travel to places I never imagined I would see.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

It’s hard to keep in touch with people when you are constantly changing time zones and leaving for long periods of time.

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?

Salt! I am definitely guilty of over-salting my food on a regular basis.

6. In what city or town do you love to perform?

Omaha. The last time we stopped here on tour we played The Slowdown. There was a snowstorm, we did our laundry in the venue, hung out at the bar next door and caught up with an old friend. We felt so at home. One of the best nights of the tour!

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Soon after our first EP came out we were asked to open for a pretty large act in D.C. Save for a few tiny warm up gigs we had never really played a show before. Let’s just say it was a little too early for us to be playing a stage that big and we could’ve used quite a bit more practice.

8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?

Luckily, yes. When we were offered our first tour we immediately dropped out of college and quit our jobs without hesitation. With only one semester left!

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?


One of my good friends travels setting up and testing out zip lines. If I was more of a daredevil I think I would try to steal his job. I would hate to be an accountant. Math stresses me out!

10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

I heard that the bobby pin was invented in Omaha and for that I am eternally grateful!

Cults plays with Closeness at the Bemis Center Art Auction After Party Friday, Oct. 27, at Bemis Center’s Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility across the street from 723 So. 12th St. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 through Oct. 26, $30 thereafter. For more information, go to bemiscenter.org/benefit

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The new one by SAVAK, Brooklyn indie-punk band fronted by former Omahan Mike Jaworski, made their new album, Cut-Ups, available for streaming before tomorrow’s drop day. The band — which includes members of Obits, Holy Fuck, The Cops, The Make Up and more — just played several dates in support of Pinback and  will be supporting Hot Snakes in Brooklyn and Boston next month.

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It’s a night for heavy music.

Over at The Waiting Room, industrial giants KMFDM headlines. Opening is fellow industrial band OhGr (Nivek Ogre and Mark Walk of Skinny Puppy). $28, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, doom metal monsters Primitive Man headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s with Bell Witch, Vickers and Houma. $8, 9 p.m.

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New SAVAK, touring with Pinback; Laura Stevenson, Jeff Rosenstock, Meat Wave tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:59 pm August 3, 2017

SAVAK (featuring Mike Jaworski) has a new album out Oct. 27.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Friends of Omaha expatriate Mike Jaworski — a.k.a. “Jaws” — will be happy to hear that his latest band SAVAK has a new album coming out Oct. 28 on Earnest Jennings Records called Cut-Ups. The band premiered the first single, “Natural Light,” yesterday via hipster mouthpiece Brooklyn Vegan. Check out the track and pre-order the album here.

You might remember Mike from previous bands such as The Cops, Hong Gyn Corp and Hello From Waveland, among others. He also ran Mt. Fuji Records, which released a handful of Little Brazil albums.

SAVAK also is performing several dates in support of Pinback this fall, including two-night stands in Washington, D.C., Allston, MA, and Philadelphia as well as one-offs in Hamden, CT, and New York City. Unfortunately, it’s a NOmaha tour at this point, but with Jaws’ connections, I wouldn’t be surprised if SAVAK rolls through town eventually…

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If the name Laura Stevenson sounds familiar it could be because she contributed to Tim Kasher’s 2013 album Adult Film, and has toured with Kasher in the past. She’s also played through Omaha before (last time, at Slowdown Jr. in November 2015). Anyway, Stevenson opens tonight for Jeff Rosenstock at Lookout Lounge. Uh Oh also is on the bill. $15, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, Chicago punk band Meat Wave (Side One Dummy Records) headlines at Reverb Lounge. Rad Payoff opens. $10, 9 p.m.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2017 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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