This month, Australian indie dream-pop group Cub Sport released their second full-length album Bats, carrying inspirational gay pride undertones.
The first single off the album, “O Lord”, released back in June is a coming out anthem and was a personal feat for frontman Tim Nelson, who came out to friends and family last year. The visuals for the emotional song are just as moving, if not more. The release of the single was immediately followed by the engagement announcement of Nelson and fellow bandmate Sam Netterfield. They became symbols of the gay pride movement and used their musical status in Australia to encourage fans and friends alike to do their part and vote “yes” to legalizing gay marriage. Starting on September 12, Australian residents received postal survey’s to vote on the matter with the results set to be released on November 15th.
But their support for the movement doesn’t stop there. Aside from making their own pride playlist for Spotify, the member’s of Cub Sport made sure their album evoked those feelings of love and acceptance, spreading their message throughout the record. Tim Nelson’s coming out was a driving force in this album’s production, and it is truely something that comes from the heart. “I had been in denial about my sexuality for a long time and I feel like that stopped me from really connecting with what I was creating. A huge weight was lifted when I came out,” he told HuffPost. “I could finally tap into what I was feeling, unhindered and unashamed.” Noting that Bats was written “from a really vulnerable place,” Nelson said he has “never been more excited or proud” to release new music.
The entirety of Bats is a beautiful advocate of loving yourself and those in your life regardless of what other people think. Each track has a unique, synth-pop sound that borders between indie and r&b, fluctuating between upbeat and somber rhythms. Nelson’s songwriting has become a dynamic leading force in this album. He wears his heart on his sleeve more than ever before. Aching gospel influences in “O Lord” turn to delicate moments of sweetness in “Give It To Me”, while fully embracing a fusion of dream-pop and house in “Look After Me”. Bats delves into an introspection of self-worth, self-discovery, love, and longing. From their debut album, This is Our Vice, released just last summer, to now, it is clear the band as a unit have matured immensely in their talents, and have taken the genre of indie-pop by storm.
Listen to the full album above.
The Cub Sport gang are planning a fall Australian tour, but hopefully we can catch them in the States soon enough. In the meantime, let’s hope their prideful efforts are enough to sway the gay marriage decision in Australia and give freedom for all.