For their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper
into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described “post-industrial Pet Sounds.” Using acoustic and electronic instruments,
found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all
out on the table and left us with their magnum opus.
The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup.
Sean Ragon, once the project’s lone member, is now flanked by Jasper McGandy
on bass and Christian Kount on electric guitar (both of whom were members
of seminal Sacred Bones band The Hunt). Cory Flannigan on drums and Paige
Flash on cello complete the five-piece. The end result is Cult of Youth as they
were always meant to sound.
The contributions of the new members are evident on every track on Final Days,
from the anthemic “Empty Faction” to the gorgeous album closer “Roses.” Final
Days is the culmination of everything Cult of Youth has been moving towards the
past seven years — post-industrial, post-punk, and post-enlightenment.
Addendum: Real human bones were used on this recording and a portion of the
lyrics were written in jail.