Brisbane band Cub Sport have let loose their BATS.
That is, they have released their third album. Frontman of the alt-pop four-piece, Tim Nelson, has described their latest album as their most honest and sexy to date. It is certainly an album full of intimate moments with Cub Sport.
The first track Chasin’ sets the tone for the album – a sense of change and at times of loss, but not a sense of hopelessness.
The opening lyric “I don’t even know what I want out of life / What I’m chasin’,” starkly reveals the mood of uncertainty that seems to beset so much of today’s young people. Relatable? Yep. The song plays on the genre of alt-pop but teases the trance-like melodies and synth that become more prominent as the LP plays on.
The following track Good Guys Go contains a smooth jazz influence which leads us perfectly into the album’s incredible single O Lord. This track is beautiful in every way, with neo-gospel influence. Nelson’s voice has a wonderful versatility and this track really lets his alto range take centre stage.
BATS is a cruisey album in sound and makes a very suitable mellow background playlist. You could easily let each track roll on by. When you take the time to listen to the lyrics though, they’re hauntingly intimate and raw.
The sexy mood of the album doesn’t really standout until track seven, (which isn’t actually even halfway on the 16 track release!) Give It To Me (Like You Mean It) is a seductive title and the acoustic guitar and melodic slow tune are exactly that. The lyric, “You fill my lungs and my heart” describes the obsessive nature of fresh, passionate love spot on. The whistling, show-tune vibe is a unique approach to a love ballad, which is truly what this song is.
I confess that I have a crush on Crush, a dreamy track that returns to Cub Sport’s more developed alt-pop sound. As someone who is typically hard to impress, it’s perfect for a party but also sets a more seductive mood too (boyfriend take note). In short, it ticks all the boxes.
BATS also treats fans to four bonus tracks, which round out the album and I am glad that they were included. Jellybean’s Graduation Song explores the theme of the gap between childhood and adulthood and the memories and emotions in between the past and the future.
Nothing about this album is static. Cub Sport have created a journey and exploration of self in each track of BATS. The album is arguably dialectic – asking questions that it neither answers nor expects to be answered. It’s cool and refreshing, especially from such a youthful band.
At the end of the 52-minute playtime I feel like I know the band intimately, and honestly I would love a chat over a bevvy or two (I think we’d make great friends, guys!)
Released: 22 September 2017, via Independent