For his or her total profession, Cub Sport have been looking for some sort of absolution. To take heed to the Brisbane band’s music is to see a technique of unburdening and unlearning in gradual movement: their 4 albums up to now plot a development away from disgrace and in direction of pleasure, celebration and pure euphoria.
“Songs About It”, the irrepressible new single from Cub Sport’s forthcoming fifth album Jesus At The Homosexual Bar out Good Friday, April seventh, cuts to the guts of the most recent incarnation of the beloved Brisbane four-piece. A chunk of euphoric, starry-eyed piano home, “Songs About It” is about getting caught in a second of hedonistic, split-second pleasure and memorialising it within the type of pure pop.
In a way, it speaks to the glowing highs of the Cub Sport catalogue, which has at all times sought to seize love and wonder in tune type. Few Cub Sport songs, although, have manifested like this: with a winking, 90s-referencing piano riff and roiling, infectious sub-bass, “Songs About It” charts new territory for the band, the observe’s classic-sounding rhythm managing to say simply as a lot as its lyrics. The one follows on from earlier launch “Keep Me Safe” which noticed latest spot performs on BBC Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders.
On their resplendent, upcoming fifth album Jesus At The Homosexual Bar – the title of which was impressed by author Jay Hulme’s poem of the identical identify – Cub Sport lastly attain that time of ecstatic lightness, or at the very least someplace near it. Utilizing the language of vivid, crystalline dance music – with nods to deal with, 2-step and UK storage, whereas retaining the plush fragility of Cub Sport music previous – as shorthand for a sort of hard-won religious freedom, Jesus At The Homosexual Bar finds Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis and Dan Puusaari largely shedding hang-ups and celebrating love and life in all its manifestations.
The place Cub Sport’s 2020 album Like Nirvana was a bloodletting of types – coping with the lengthy, complicated legacy that non secular trauma can go away on a life – Jesus At The Homosexual Bar is about transferring ahead unencumbered. It’s an ode to celebrating one’s previous, not simply outrunning it, and looking out boldly into the long run, with out the worry of previous demons resurfacing. “There’s a lot from my life before I came out that has always been shrouded in shame, fear and secrecy. But it doesn’t have to be a secret anymore, and I feel like I can really shine a light on the magic of it and recognise and celebrate it for what it was and is,” says Nelson. “A lot of this album is validating my younger self – like if I could have heard some of these songs back then, I might have found some peace within myself sooner, maybe even celebration.”
Even when Jesus At The Homosexual Bar can’t slip again by means of time, it’s certain to discover a residence within the report collections of anybody trying to embrace the brilliant, daring potential of queer expertise. This album is Cub Sport in all-bangers, few-ballads mode: the manufacturing right here nods to deal with, 2-step and UK storage, whereas retaining the plush fragility of Cub Sport music previous. These are dance songs whose beats seize the sensation of butterflies in your abdomen and stars in your eyes. The crackling, kinetic “Songs About It” is a piano-house rave-up that’s thick with the warmth of a summer season dancefloor, whereas “Always Got The Love” stretches a sense of pure devotion right into a gripping, muscular groove. These songs may remind you of the previous, or they may present diamond-hard assurance that the long run holds one thing sincere and thrilling. Written in the course of the pandemic, the carefree sound of Jesus At The Homosexual Bar was impressed by time spent in non-public, communing with nature and enjoyable with family and friends. “I was so familiar with getting my joy and happiness from playing shows,” Nelson says. “I had to learn to find joy elsewhere. And that kind of lead to me wanting to make music that gave me that energy, and that at its core, felt uplifting.”
On Jesus At The Homosexual Bar, that sense of uplift is used to reify and exalt tales from Nelson and Netterfield’s previous – specifically, their love story. Throughout this report, the early days of their relationship, on the time shrouded in secrecy and worry, are memorialised for what they’re: moments of magnificence and youthful ecstasy. Many of those songs, “Keep Me Safe” and “Replay” amongst them, acknowledge these moments as obligatory scenes of transformation and development. Set to booming dance-pop, they play like fairy tales, tales to be heard again and again. It’s not the top of the story Cub Sport have been telling over their decade-plus as a band, nevertheless it does communicate to one thing their music has at all times tried to convey – about music and artmaking as a robust and spiritually emboldening course of.
“I think that’s the beauty of writing honestly about my own life – it all fits together and reveals a little bit more of this greater story that’s still playing out, from an ever-evolving perspective but with the same heart,” Nelson says. “We have the self-appointed freedom to evolve and change and I think that’s why, five albums in, it still feels exciting.”
Marking three years since their final tour of the UK–which included a sold-out present at London’s iconic Scala–followers may say it’s lengthy overdue that Cub Sport make a return to our phases… Now the wait is lastly over, this April/Might will see the band kick off their new UK tour in Glasgow earlier than heading to Manchester, Bristol and ending off at London’s pristine Lafayette. Full checklist of reveals beneath.
Since their emergence within the early-2010s, Meanjin-based Cub Sport have captivated an avid following with their susceptible, but self-confident, output of progressive indie-pop. Comprising Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis and Dan Puusaari, the self-managed and self-released act are famend for his or her electrifying stay performances, having graced phases at Laneway, Splendour In The Grass, Falls Pageant 2020’s AFL Grand Closing, and Summer time Camp. A nationwide favorite, the band have landed in triple j’s Hottest 100 5 instances, and have seen ARIA-Platinum and Gold certification for singles “Come On Mess Me Up”, “Chasin” and “Sometimes”. Boasting over 250 million streams – and together with 2020’s ARIA #2 album, Like Nirvana – Cub Sport’s self-produced discography has garnered reward from The Guardian, BBC Radio 1, Rolling Stone, Billboard, i-D, VICE, Homosexual Occasions, Perspective, The FADER and lots of extra. Latest singles, “Replay” and “Always Got The Love”, acquired adoration on launch through swift additions to triple j and group radio, plus press help from RUSSH, NME and extra – together with a PAPER Journal premiere and takeover of Grindr’s New Music Frigay for the discharge of “Replay”.
Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield had been just lately seen proudly owning the pink carpet after Nelson’s nomination for his first GRAMMY award – for his contribution to Baynk’s album Adolescence (Greatest Engineered Album, Non-Classical). Tim engineered, co-wrote and featured on the observe “Mine (feat. Cub Sport)”.
Jesus At The Homosexual Bar is out on Good Friday, April 7
Catch them stay within the UK:
twenty ninth April – Poetry Membership, Glasgow
thirtieth April – Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st Might – Louisiana, Bristol
4th Might – Lafayette, London
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