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Live Review: Cub Sport have returned with vulnerable pop anthem, 'Sometimes'

5 October 2018 | 2:22 pm | Max Lewis

Brisbane icons Cub Sport have dropped a taste of their upcoming album with 'Sometimes' - a booming pop anthem of self acceptance.

Not ones to slow down for even a second, Brisbane icons CUB SPORT have teased a follow up to their widely acclaimed 2017 LP, BATS. The new single, 'Sometimes' and its accompanying video, chronicles an evolution in the band's personal journey, while still delivering the sugary-sweet future pop sound they've perfected.

'Sometimes' comes off the back of a mammoth tour around Australia supporting Vance Joy, and their monumental sophomore album BATS which won Cub Sport love across the country - and for good reason. Cub Sport fostered a community of love and inclusion at a time when Australian LGBTQI+ folk needed it the most, with deeply personal and relatable songwriting presenting frontman Tim Nelson's own journey with coming out and professing his love for fellow bandmate Sam NetterfieldCub Sport are definitely one of the most important Aussie bands of the last few years, not only for what they've done for our queer community, but for also making music that slaps extremely hard - and 'Sometimes' is no exception.

Setting the scene with deliciously retro synth strings, 'Sometimes' effortlessly flows from quiet contemplation to a boisterous four-to-the-floor embrace of positivity. The chorus booms with an ear-worm synth melody and Tim Nelson's soaring vocals, sounding like an epiphany against the uncertainty of the verse. It's very much a song about coming to terms with yourself, inspired by a very transformative time in Tim's life: "This is the first body of work I’ve created entirely since being out, so in a way, I feel like this is the first album I’ve written entirely as myself and it feels powerful."

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The video, directed by Brittany Scott, highlights the track's vulnerability nicely. Tim Nelson performs the track in closeup with the visuals going in and out of focus, while a double exposure of a landscape emerges. It's a simple concept gorgeously done, tying in nicely with the vibe of laying yourself bare and coming to terms with who you are. It's the same Cub Sport vibe we know and love, but there's the sense of evolution here really comes through: this third album is going to be something truly special indeed.

IMAGE: Joe Agius