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Sydney Alt-Rockers START YOUR OWN CULT Release Anthemic New Single ‘The Marionette’

Sydney alt-rockers Start Your Own Cult just released their anthemic new single ‘The Marionette’. With lyrical themes of manipulation and corruption, ‘The Marionette’ unveils a darker, more sinister edge honing in on the trio’s outstanding songwriting chops. Featuring emotive vocal hooks, vibrant synth arrangements and a dynamic rhythm section, the immersive track draws the listener in from the opening note to the closer. Vocalist Sarah Bernardo delivers dynamic vulnerabilities by contrasting heat laden belts with softer passes complete with rich harmonies.  

Bernardo on the new release: “Over the events of yet another lockdown Josh, our guitarist had an idea to have a song focused on the idea of someone having control over us; thus the idea of “The Marionette” was born.It was written in what felt like a darker time of my existence and even more so by many people who surrounded me. I was witnessing so many friends and family become consumed by the media headlines. Which was heavily influencing their opinions and outlook on their lives. It really shocked me how click bait content fuelled everyone’s opinions and as I watched the people I cared about most, turn against each other.

It took me a while to really evaluate how invested I wanted to be in what I was reading online, in a world where misleading information was so easily accessible. I just wasn’t coping well with it and naturally as a songwriter, I needed to release some of my thoughts and feelings. I learned a lot more about myself when I chose to seperate how Invested I was in other people’s views, rather focusing on what was immediately affecting me vs worrying about how other people react to what is put out into the world. “

Though new to the scene, Start Your Own Cult have been capturing attention of fans and industry professionals alike. Their singles such as ‘Dead Drugs’ & ‘Ghost of California’ have been garnering national coverage and airplay with features on Triple J, Short.Fast.Loud, Amnplify, amassing over 90,000+ Spotify streams and being added to well over 200 Spotify playlists.

The group’s live shows are oozing with electricity and charisma which has seen them sell out venues & perform alongside Bad Moon Born, FANGZ, Catholic Guilt, as well as securing their upcoming appearances at Sonic Gravy Fests and headlining ‘The Marionette’ 2022 East Coast Tour. Fresh out of the studio with a plethora of innovative new material, Start Your Own Cult are an up and coming act with a bright future ahead and we can’t wait to see where ‘The Marionette’ takes them.

“The Marionette”
[September 16, 2022]
alternative rock
Base:  Sydney, Australia

Label / Booking / Press:

Overdrive Artist Services


​Photography by Joshua Lee, The Unlimited Film
Video by Joshua Lee, The Unlimited Film
Artwork by bunny_beat via Art Grab
Recording by Greg Stace, Ralph St Studios
Mixing ny Doug Clarke
Mastering by Michelle Mancini, Demifuge Mastering



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