Brisbane alt-pop band Cub Sport release their sophomore album BATS this Friday, September 22nd, but you won’t want to wait one extra minute to hear this gorgeous record.
The candid BATS chronicles lead singer Tim Nelson’s journey of coming out as gay and falling in love with bandmate, Sam. In case you’re wondering how it all turned out — the two are now happily engaged. The emotive record sees Cub Sport incorporating soul, gospel and R&B into their pop sound to create a dynamic, intimate sonic landscape.
On songs like “O Lord”, Nelson’s powerful and celestial vocals are on display as he sings, “O Lord, don’t turn your back on me, O Lord I need you here with me.” As he continues, a chorus joins in on the A cappella singing, before launching into the chorus of the synth-pop ballad.
Continuing with this theme of uncertainty and fear on opener, “Chasin’” Tim questions, “Is it worth feeling alone for so long? I’m trying to be honest and live deliberately.” Eleven songs later, closer track “Banyo Blue” sees Tim fully soaking in the joy of self-acceptance after a long journey, and finding someone to share it with. “I could go on for pages,” Tim sings, “I’m living for you now.”
BATS is powerful, vulnerable, and celebratory. It at times might make you want to cry, and more often than not, will make you want to dance.