“A poignant tribute to queer love” – The Fader
“An Intimate celebration…It's a beauty" – i-D
"Glittering, electro-tinged indie designed to set festivalgoers' hearts aflutter" Sunday Times
"Inspecting self-worth, self-discovery, love and longing, Bats is an accomplished effort" – Rolling Stone
"Welcome to the new era of Cub Sport "– Huffington Post
“It's the band's zenith." – Red Bull Music
Brisbane’s acclaimed alt-pop quartet Cub Sport release their new single, Chasin’, the second track taken from their brand new album BATS – out now.
Written after a long trip overseas, during which front man Tim Nelson first realised he was in love with bandmate Sam, Chasin’ showcases the honest and open song writing seen throughout the entire album. “It was equal parts exciting and distressing” says Tim. “I’d hardly come out to myself and the idea of coming out to anyone else was terrifying. I feel like Chasin’ ties together all of the feelings I had during this time.”
And don’t miss the accompanying video, as recently premiered by NYLON. The dreamy visual finds the band challenging typical standards of masculinity and beauty by celebrating and finding strength in softness.
Whilst rooted in pop, new album BATS is an unhindered sonic exploration steeped with soul and R&B influences - a 13 track collection imbued with a distinct aura of honesty, vulnerability and sincerity. It’s the sound of a band hitting their stride and truly making their mark. “BATS is an intimate album inspired by experiences of self-doubt, growth, partying, coming out, learning the power of self-acceptance, self-belief and falling in love” says Tim.
BATS is the first new material since band members Tim and Sam came out as gay and in a relationship in mid-2016. Standing alongside out-and-proud guitarist Zoe, the group use their platform to speak out against homophobia. The band develop and encourage a safe community on their social media channels and at their live performances, as well as donating a portion of live ticket and merch sales to organisations close to their hearts including an LGBTQI scholarship charity and an animal shelter.
Cub Sport released their debut album This Is Our Vice in early 2016, achieving worldwide acclaim, including airplay on Triple j, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, BBC London and Amazing Radio as well as US stations such as KEXP and WXPN. Break-out single Come On Mess Me Up caught the attention of The 1975's Matty Healy and scored Cub Sport an invitation to join them on their 2016 Australian arena tour. The pop-ballad proved to connect similarly across Australia and landed a much-coveted spot in triple j's hottest 100 coming in at #24 after high rotation airplay and over 4,000,000+ spotify streams and 450,000+ YouTube views.
The band are currently on tour in Australia, with a US tour confirmed for April 2018. UK dates will soon be announced.