We are a new wave/indie pop/post punk band from Newcastle. Based currently in Leeds/Sheffield/Newcastle.
We have played shows with: The Strange Death of Liberal England, The Kissaway Trail, Idiot Glee, WOMEN, Fang Island, Happy Birthday, Mabel Love, The Chapman Family, Dead Sons, Eagulls, 2:54, Electricity In Our Homes
NARC. Festival // Split Festival // Evolution Emerging
The polar opposite of its single mate in every aspect except mighty, mighty coolness, ‘Little Black Cloud’, is a joyous piece of eighties inspired indie done in an imitably Northern sort of way. It’s got the jangle, echoic melodies and perky danceable riffs that recall the simplistic pop tones of Frankie & The Heartstrings, and all the singalong ability to go with it. You can’t really ask more from a modern indie-pop tune; it’s breezy, it’s clever, and it makes you want to toss your head from side to side like a berk. Lovely stuff. 4/5
Cult Image really catch one’s imagination with their mesmerizing blend of upbeat indiepop and new wave. Cult Image provide “Little Black Cloud” which captivates the listener by capturing the band’s essence of “pure joy mixed with bitter melancholy” within a slice of upbeat and moreish pop brilliance. Influenced by all manner of summer indie pop and winter post punk the song’s conflicting but convincing charm is a wonderful showcase for a band with such a talent.
Newcastle based 4-piece Cult Image may share a sound reminiscent of fellow New Wave/post-punk revivalists The Horrors, but thankfully the band didn’t have to go through a “halloween punk” phase to reach that stage. Their track “Little Black Cloud” takes its influences from fellow Geordies Maximo Park, as well as bands such as The Smiths and Joy Division, with distorted guitars and enigmatic, dark romantacism being lyrical order of the day. I’m sure that everyone has had a little black cloud that’s shielded them from the sun.
Cult Image are a band who have grown immensely over the last year - like every gig was a reinvention, an exercise in continuous improvement on an industrial scale. Faces is proof of this approach, being a song of considerable maturity and erudition, taking the clipped flange guitar of Seventeen Seconds era The Cure and a pleasingly processed drum sound and juxtaposing them with Sean McMahon’s naturally flamboyant vocal. Plus I can’t remember the last time I heard the works ‘nooks and crannies’ in a song, possibly it was in an Ivor Cutler track. Whilst this is clearly a post-punk record, it is so in its attitude and approach rather than in a slavish adherence to a handful of over-referenced influences.
First up, Cult Image had the unenviable job of opening the event in a large room that was only starting to fill up. A dark, powerful four piece with the classic Smiths/Joy Division lineup, they laid into their set with an authority and conviction you’d never guess from the early demos on their MySpace page…
Tom Robinson - BBC6 Music (find the article here), September 2010
With early comparisons to two of the finest bands of the post punk era, Joy Division and The Smiths, this Newcastle four piece are equally as dark and powerful…Intricate melodies and hypnotic drums, the acoustics should thrive in the revamped Riverside, one of the North East’s most exciting music venues. Suitable for those recently discovering the back catalogue of post punk and anybody old enough to remember their first reaction to synthesized sound.
The Unsigned Guide (find the article here), December 2010