Thursday, February 20, 2014

Watch Cults Record 'Were Before' and Bobby Rush Record 'Come Together' for Upstairs at United

Posted by on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

By now, just about every audiophile in town oughtta be aware of Upstairs at United, the ongoing live-to-tape series recorded by Welcome to 1979's Chris Mara at legendary local pressing plant United Record Pressing. (As we've pointed out, Chuck Mead and Henry Wagons are among the performers who've already tracked an Upstairs installment.) And every Pixies die-hard in town knows that NYC's Cults opened for Black Francis & Co. at the Mother Church on Super Bowl Sunday. (As The Spin pointed out, Cults' set was "a conflation of dream-poppy, neo-’60s R&B and modern, synth-y indie pop." But hey, did you know that the day after their Ryman gig, Cults popped over to United to record the 10th Upstairs installment? It's true. You can watch them play their tune "Were Before" above. In addition to "Were Before," the band also recorded "High Road," "You Know What I Mean" and a cover of The Motels' "Total Control."

"As consistent with the series," we're told, "these recordings were done live to tape above the fully operating presses at United Record Pressing then cut as a 45 RPM 12-inch EP for your listening pleasure." Cults' Upstairs at United EP will be available on Record Store Day (April 19, 2014).

Now, if you'll forgive me for leading with with the technically hipper tidbit, here's a particularly meaty helping of good stuff: Grammy-nominated Southern blues and soul legend Bobby Rush also laid down a quartet of tunes for the Upstairs series, and you can watch him and his band playing The Beatles' "Come Together" after the jump. Rush's Upstairs at United release (Vol. 11) will also be released on Record Store Day.


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