It’s been a huge year for Brisbane four-piece Cub Sport from a massive trip to America and Europe, documented through candid film shots of the group (see above) to performing a breathtaking cover of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam for Triple J’s Like a Version. I’ve been lucky enough to catch the Brissy group a number of times this year and their sold out show to a home crowd at The Brightside was something truly special.
Opening their set was I Can’t Save You off their full length record This Is Our Vice which was released earlier this year. The vocal stylings across the whole set by both Tim and Sam Netterfield (AKA Bolan) really highlighted how much the band has progressed from their Told You So EP. Showing maturity through bold lyrics and diversity through their instrumentals in tracks such as I Don’t Love My Baby. Each band member really demonstrated their immense talent, guitarist Zoe Davis was a real stand out with killer solo’s maintaining great composure, slipping a shy smile when she looked out to the beaming crowd.
Their set also included a cover of This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads, perhaps giving us a little insight as to what may influence their sound. Following on from this was their one of a kind version of Ultralight Beam which included magical harmonies from Tim and Sam. As their set ended the crowd was screaming the words Evie, returning to the stage to play the much loved track, about a much loved doggo from the much loved beginnings of the four piece from their early Cub Scout days. The whole venue dancing and singing with the tiny church walls mimicking the movement of the crowd.
Although a name change has occurred since the release of Evie in 2011, one thing has stayed the same, they continue to create infectious indie-pop sounds causing sell out shows across Australia. There’s something truly incredible about being in a crowd with everyone there for one sole reason. That being to see an incredible live act with an atmosphere like no other. Watching Cub Sport connect with everyone with such love and passion in the room was a truly breathtaking experience. They’ve taken an eager approach to their exciting career which undoubtedly promising.
Reviewer: Natasha Bruce