Cub Sport “turn pain into something beautiful” with ‘Party Pill’ video

Ahead of the upcoming release of their third studio album, Brisbane’s Cub Sport have unveiled their latest single and it follows their trend of delivering dreamy pop anthems.

Serving as a sequel to the band’s 2016 single ‘Come On Mess Me Up’, ‘Party Pill’ is about falling in love in secret.

In the 2016 single, lead singer Tim Nelson spoke about how he “found comfort, I fell in love with avoiding problems…” and how he couldn’t admit to the love that was forming in his life.

In ‘Party Pill’, Tim’s journey continues as he admits to falling in love but still tries to hide it from everyone around him. But, with everyone embracing their love publicly, he starts to feel more open to the idea of facing his fears.

“Sam and I first fell in love when we were 17 but I was super scared of what would happen if I came out and decided it’d be better for us to just be friends,” Tim says of the real-life relationship that inspired the track.

This part of our story had been weighing on my heart for a long time and I’d held onto a lot of shame and embarrassment, but I realised last year that I needed to let go.

The video for “Party Pill” also marks a first for the band, as it’s their directorial debut. The visuals encapture the story and the depth of the song, delivering an expression of the softness and intimacy that Tim never felt he could share with bandmate Sam until now.

“I finally turned the pain of those years into something beautiful and it feels like I’m setting myself free,” he admits. ‘Party Pill’ is the first part of that freedom that will be experienced further in the band’s upcoming self-titled album.

Speaking to QWEERIST last year, Nelson said that the album is “the perfect next step in the Cub Sport story.” He added that the album is in response to “being opened up to the world around us,” and how “the songs I write will always be a reflection of the period of my life from when it was written.”

The release of the new song follows on from previous release ‘Sometimes’, which was listed in QWEERIST’S top 50 singles of 2018.

Cub Sport’s self-titled album will be released on January 18th. The band will head on a UK headline tour to coincide with the album’s release, beginning in London on February 12th.

The full tour dates are:

  • February 12th – Omeara, London
  • February 14th – Whelans, Dublin
  • February 15th – Yes, Manchester
  • February 16th – Bodega, Nottingham
  • February 18th – The Hope, Brighton
  • February 20th – Headrow House, Leeds
  • February 21st – Alloa Library (Speirs Centre), Alloa, Scotland
  • February 22nd – Kendal Library, Cumbria

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Written by QWEERIST editor

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