A party pill that you do not have to swallow to work its magic. No, not a literal pill. I am talking about the undeniable hard-to-overlook love between the newly married Tim Nelson and Sam Netherfield, the two-fifths of the Australian trans-dimensional genre-queer pop band Cub Sport.
The yearning desire that is their lust for each other is the subject of Cub Sport’s video for their second single ‘Party Pill’ from their newest self-titled album that is easily qualified as one of the most aesthetically pleasing visuals of this year. ‘Cub Sport’ as their third studio album consists of tracks that stand for the epitome of choosing love and letting go of fear. The vocalist Tim Nelson addresses the importance of self-acceptance, the power of love and more.
To properly kick this off, it is advised to press play on Cub Sport’s recent album to get you in the mood and take notes. It seems like they did find the essence to life.
Throwing it back to the early days of formerly known as ‘Cub Scouts,’ Tim’s simple request for keyboardist/vocalist Sam Netherfield, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Zoe Davis, and drummer Dan Puusaari has organically resulted in the formation of a band. “I asked everyone if they’d play with me for a show and we’ve been playing together ever since! We officially launched the band in 2011 under our original name ‘Cub Scouts’ with our debut single Evie”, Tim reveals the start of the band that now changes lives.
As a group of four members, Cub Sport has gone through difficult times like coming out and documented their journey in the form of music, some joyous, some tear-jerking. When asked about their career so far, Tim touched upon a personal search for identity: “It feels like we’ve grown up together in our time being a band. When we started the band Zo, Sam and I were yet to come out as queer. I feel like learning to love our whole selves has completely transformed us as individuals and as a group. There’s a power that comes with being yourself and I feel like that’s where we find ourselves right now”.
Regarding the creative side of things, the development of Cub Sport is all associated with the identity quest that has now enabled Tim to be his most genuine self: “With each release, it feels like we’re becoming more and more Cub Sport. I feel like as I’ve become more comfortable with my identity, I’ve also become more comfortable and confident as a songwriter and producer. I’ve managed to let go of a lot of fear and self-doubt and I feel like the continued narrative from our debut album through to our most recent self-titled album reflects that. Singing with queer pronouns is really empowering and I feel like what we’re putting out into the world now is a really pure version of my creative vision”.
Speaking of his higher self, Tim confirms that is where he gets his inspirations from, no plan in mind: “I don’t really decide on a theme for a record, I just write songs about my life and let creative inspiration flow through me. I don’t really write to a brief or a specific sound; I feel like when I write and record music now I’m often channeling something from my higher self”.
There is no denying Cub Sport’s intention to spread love as it is an honest portrayal of their personal lives: “I want our music to represent love. Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about the power of love. I lived in fear for so many years, and I feel like becoming conscious of whether I’m making decisions out of fear or love has transformed my whole life. I feel lighter now, and I feel like our albums plot out that journey from fear to love. From self-doubt to self-acceptance to self-love” and this is when you should be taking notes.
The Cub Sport trans-dimensional genre-queer pop sound is unquestionably influential in the LGBTQ+ community. Tim shared his view on to what extent is the queer community represented in music: “It’s definitely an exciting time, seeing more and more queer representation. I don’t think I’d describe the queer representation as ‘adequate’ just yet, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction”.
‘Cub Sport’ is the band’s third studio album with singles ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Party Pill.’ ‘Sometimes’ takes us on a ride through singer’s self-doubting and deflecting thoughts. ‘Party Pill’ follows Tim’s experience when he fell in love with his husband, Sam. The video visualizes their striking lust and unconditional love for each other that makes us all wish we could have witnessed their ‘I do.’
The ‘Cub Sport’ album summarises all the feelings of self-discovery, fear, and love and turns them into songs that become the queer anthems they deserve to be. Tim addresses what the album is about: “I feel like this album represents coming to a place of self-love. It’s taken me years to shake off my internalized shame and homophobia, and this album feels like a step into the light. Throughout the writing of this album I became so much more aware of the connectedness of everyone and everything and the way that our thoughts and emotions impact our world – I feel like this album has the potential to take people to a lighter place and to shine more love into ourselves, each other and the world”.
The dreamy unedited film photo that is the artwork for ‘Cub Sport’ is a portrait captured by band’s beautiful friend Natalie Jurrjens from her bedroom in Melbourne. “It’s exactly the image I’d envisioned for the album – you can listen to any song on the album and look at that image, and it just feels perfect. I feel like music and imagery are really impactful together”, Tim states.
After Cub Sport’s sold-out show at Omeara London, the band is returning to the capital on October 17th to King’s Cross’s Scala. What you can expect is a vibey night full of beautiful tunes and an incredible live performance by the four band members that are Brisbane’s Cub Sport.
Karolina Kramplova | WRITER
Jacqueline Kulla | PHOTOGRAPHY