I have gone drunk to Disneyland before, and it’s definitely not something that you want to be doing.
story by John Taylor
Madeleine Follin won’t be seeing The Hunger Games tonight. “I bought the book at the airport a month ago and was planning on reading it before the movie came out,” she says, “but I didn’t get around to it. I’m kind of torn right now about what I’m going to do.”
A year ago, the search term “Cults” yielded information about Jim Jones and, if you were lucky, a bare-bones Bandcamp page. Film students at the time, Follin and boyfriend Brian Oblivion used the project as a way to kill time on the weekends. Then their track “Go Outside” went viral. Then Lily Allen’s label called. Then Columbia Records. And in their first year as a band, Follin and Oblivion were playing Lollapalooza and Coachella. Not bad for film students.
Since then, Follin and Oblivion have upgraded their lineup and swapped their moms for a full-time tour manager. They even have a personal trainer: their sound engineer, Rudy. Chicago Innerview sits down with Follin to discuss the band’s recent trip to Disneyworld, pork sandwiches, and hanging out with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.
Chicago Innerview: Tell me about the living situation with you and Brian in Manhattan. Do you guys cook a lot together?
Madeleine Follin: Actually, our oven…we don’t really have one. It was leaking gas for a long time and when we asked our landlord to get us a new one, he put a shittier one in, so we just stopped using it to save ourselves from gas poisoning. We order in a lot.
Chicago Innerview: What is your go-to for takeout?
Madeleine Follin: There’s this pork sandwich place down the street from our place called Porchetta, and they have these pork sandwiches with crispy pieces of bacon in it. It’s delicious. And they have amazing beef stew. And Philly cheesesteaks.
CI: Stop it! I haven’t had dinner yet. I’m starting to hate you now.
MF: [laughs] Sorry, I just ate right before you called. And here I am talking about food.
CI: No, it’s fine! What did you have for dinner?
MF: I ordered a cooking greens salad.
CI: Sounds healthy.
MF: I know. On tour, I don’t eat a lot of pork sandwiches. I don’t eat a lot of things. It’s hard, surviving.
CI: Is there an official Cults exercise regimen?
MF: Actually, our sound guy, Rudy—I pay him an extra five dollars a month to be our personal trainer when we’re on tour. He has these 20-pound weights, and he’ll make me do 200 squats and some Pilates. It’s crazy. I’m actually hurting really bad because I just started this week.
CI: What weight are you at right now?
MF: How much do I weigh? [laughs]
CI: Oh no! Not how much you weigh. That is a horrible question. I meant to ask how much you were lifting. Oh no. Next question.
MF: [Still laughing]
CI: I read that you guys recently went to Disneyworld.
MF: We did. It was amazing! We went to the Magic Kingdom, and we did Space Mountain, Pirates of the Carribean, Buzz Lightyear, Astro Blasters, and…something else. Maybe that’s all we did? We were only there for like, a total of five hours, and we spent most of them eating. We had turkey legs and churros, and oh!, The Haunted Mansion. We went there too.
CI: Did you go to the Tower of Terror? That one scares the hell out of me.
MF: We missed that one! But we all grew up in California, so we went to Disneyland all the time.
CI: Did you go sober? I haven’t been to Disneyworld since I was a kid, and if I could go back, I would definitely drink. Wait, those rides. All that spinning. Maybe that’s not a great idea.
MF: I have gone drunk to Disneyland before, and it’s definitely not something that you want to be doing. You have to wait in line too long for all those rides. You need to go to Disneyland sober, for sure.
CI: Favorite Disney movie?
MF: Oh! The Little Mermaid.
CI: I just watched your Yo Gabba Gabba video and could not stop laughing.
MF: It’s funny you mention that. At Disneyworld there was this mom pushing a stroller, and she was like, ‘Loved you guys on Yo Gabba Gabba!’ So that was really funny.
CI: And your 5-year-old brother…is he still 5?
MF: He is.
CI: Is he more into Cults or Cults on Yo Gabba Gabba? Be honest.
MF: [laughs] He sings ‘Hot Chocolate’ the most. He’s a Yo Gabba Gabba fan.
CI: I read that you guys hang out with Bethany from Best Coast a lot.
MF: Yeah! She was at our show last night. She came on stage during our last song, ‘Oh My God’, and sang with us.
CI: Last thing you guys talked about?
MF: We talked about having a sleepover. [laughs]
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