Hailing from Brisbane, Cub Sport’s lead singer Tim Nelson, talks about the band’s second album ‘BATS’, and talks fashion style, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, and being in love with his best friend/band mate Bolan (Sam)…
ICYMI, here’s the suitably emotional video – by Joe Agius – for the gently fierce pop anthem, ‘O Lord’.
So, what’s up Tim? What’s on your mind right now?
Right now I’m multi-tasking at home; hanging out on the couch with my dogs Missy and Evie, catching up on e-mails, chatting to you and listening to new demos which I’m gonna work on more when I’m up to date on admin and interviews!
Can you tell us the idea and vibes behind your second album ‘BATS’
I wrote BATS over the course of a couple of years – it maps out what has felt like a really significant time. It more-or-less follows my personal journey from the moment I admitted to myself that I was gay, coming to terms with being in love with my best friend/band mate Bolan (Sam), finally acknowledging the situation a year later and to then coming out and getting together. Throw in navigating my 20s while attempting a career in music – there’s been plenty of inspiration! Musically, BATS is much more chill than our previous releases. It’s still pop, but embraces more chill R&B and soul influences too. To me, it feels warm and relaxed but also has an over-arching intensity to it.
Why did you call your band Cub Sport?
When we launched the band in 2011 we were called Cub Scouts. After a couple of years, Scouts Australia sent us a legal letter saying we couldn’t use the word Scout in our name so we ran through hundreds of options and landed on Sport. It felt kind of weird at the start but I feel like we’ve grown into it and now I love the name!
What inspired you to make music together?
I’d been writing songs since high school and I really wanted to play them with a band, so I asked Dan, Zo and Bolan if they could join me for a show. The vibe was nice and we’ve been playing together ever since!
Who are your musical and non-musical icons?
My favourite musician icons are Frank Ocean, Solange and Kanye – they all create such emotionally-charged music and the whole vibe that surrounds what they do makes their work even more impactful.
My favourite non-musical icons are Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner – I’ve been a big Kardashian fan for years and it’s been amazing witnessing their rise in the fashion world/the world in general. They’re good people who have earned respect and success through relentless hard work. I find their whole model and philosophy very inspiring.
What was the first album you purchased?
Aqua – Aquarium. I think I was 6 at the time – I fell in love with Aqua and that’s when I decided I wanted to be in a band.
Which artists are you listening to right now?
Earlier this morning I was listening to Kelela’s new album – it’s sounding really cool. I’ve also been enjoying Moses Sumney’s new album. I’m always listening to Frank Ocean too.
How would you describe your fashion style?
It moves and changes but overall we love looks that are soft and beautiful but still striking.
Tell us about your next show and why we should be there
Our next show is in a coastal town just south of Sydney called Wollongong. It’s an afternoon show by the beach with one of our fav Australian bands Middle Kids – should be a nice chill vibe!
What does the rest of 2017 hold for the band?
I’m always writing and recording, so that’s on the cards. We’re also touring Australia and playing a couple of festivals! We’re making international plans for 2018 at the moment, so stay tuned!
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM