Cub Sport, the four-piece indie band from Brisbane released their debut studio album This Is Our Vice earlier this year and has since taken it to stages all over the world. Now, they are in the middle of a national tour where sell-out crowds have been more than happy to welcome them back.
The band’s brand of infectious indie pop sat well in Newtown Social Club’s intimate venue. Lead singer Tim Nelson wasn’t afraid to get to the front of the stage and own it for bangers like I Can’t Save You. The crowd sang every word to Come On Mess Me Up, which has been getting a huge number of plays on triple j and was the original track on their recent Like a Version.
triple j can also take credit for, in this writer’s opinion, the best song of the set. Cub Sport’s cover of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beams was hailed as one of the best of the year thus far and the live performance more than did it justice. It was also an opportunity for the other band members to shine, particularly Sam Netterfield on keys and vocals. Normally responsible for the harmonies and backing vocals, Netterfield delivered a strong performance of his own in the track’s crescendo. Zoe Davis also delivered a killer bass solo, showing there’s an incredible amount of talent backing this band.
The set wrapped up 20 minutes early and was probably down to Nelson losing his voice. While short and sweet has its virtues, the 40-minute set bordered on the ‘too short’ end of the spectrum. However, there is something to be said for leaving the crowd wanting more and Cub Sport certainly did that.