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Cult of Youth

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  • Formed: Brooklyn, NY, Unites States
  • Years Active: 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Originally started as a bedroom recording project by former Love as Laughter bassist Sean Ragon, Cult of Youth are a neo-folk band based out of Brooklyn. With a sound that's dark and pastoral, the band brings to mind a darker version of the Pogues, merging effervescent acoustic guitars and thumping traditional rhythms, with Ragon's bellowing baritone adding an ominous spin to the bouncing sound. The project made its debut as a mostly solo effort in 2008 with A Stick to Bind, a Seed to Grow, which saw a limited released on Dais. Eventually, Ragon recruited a more permanent backing band, calling upon the talents of drummer Glenn Maryansky, violinist Christiana Key, and bassist Micki Pellerano. With a new lineup at his disposal, Ragon expanded the band's sound for its eponymous sophomore effort, which was released in 2011 on Sacred Bones. Growth in the band's sound continued with 2012's Love Will Prevail, which married the neo-folk acoustic strums of Death in June or Current 93 to an almost chamber pop style of orchestration. Almost two years later, fourth album Final Days emerged, finding the project expanded from Ragon and various collaborators into a solid lineup including guitarist Christian Kount, drummer Cory Flannigan, and bassist Jasper McGandy.

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Label Profile: Sacred Bones Records

By David Raposa, Contributor

File Under: Dark pop, mysterious noise, industrial punk, and everything in between Flagship Acts: Zola Jesus, Moon Duo, Gary War, the Men Based In: Brooklyn, New York It only took two releases for the then-fledgling Sacred Bones Records to find their identity. The label's first record, a 7-inch from Denver-area band the Hunt (friends of Sacred Bones founder Caleb Braaten), looks like a run-of-the-mill single. When the label put out Blank Dogs' Diana (The Herald) EP, however, the… more »