Cub Sport‘s debut album has been a long time in the making. The Australian indie-pop outfit first appeared on the scene in late-2011 with their debut single, “Evie.” At the time, the band were known as Cub Scouts, but after a small dispute with Scouts Australia, the group were forced to change their name. As it so happens, their music went through something of a transformation during this time as well.
With “Paradise,” the group began to venture into poppier territory, drawing influence from their warm surroundings to create something both upbeat and unmistakably tropical. They then continued this approach with tracks “Sherbet” and “Pool!,” adding a bit of tribal flavour to their sound. After some time spent touring, growing older and signing a record deal, another change was in the books.
On This Is Our Vice, the band once again redefine their sound. Without losing their penchant for playful rhythms and breezy melodies, they’ve taken a considerable step forward, sonically and lyrically. A well-balanced mix of pop and rock, This Is Our Vice shows that Cub Sport are just as capable of crafting an irresistibly cool dance number (“I Feel Bad Now”), as they are at writing a genuinely honest and forthright ballad (“Come On Mess Me Up”).
With its official release only a few days away, we’ve got our hands on an exclusive stream of the album. Already being described as “more mature and sonically interesting” than the band’s previous efforts, the 11-track LP represents an exciting new chapter in Cub Sport’s path to indie-pop stardom. And judging by the initial response, I’d say they’re well on their way.