Cub Sport – Northcote Social Club (26.08.16)

What better way to kickoff the weekend, than to have a little boogie at the Northcote Social Club with Cub Sport’s slick indie pop tunes. The band have been running on an absolute high over the past couple of months. After releasing their debut record This Is Our Vice earlier in the year, touring America and Europe and opening for The 1975 this past July, Cub Sport have finally embarked on their first Australian headlining tour in three years – with Melbourne being the second last stop on their tour.

Supporting Cub Sport for their sold-out Melbourne show were Angie McMahon and Clea. As Angie McMahon, the first opener of the evening awkwardly shuffled onto the stage, the room grew intensely quiet. With only an electric guitar in hand, Angie set off with her first song, instantly captivating the small early crowd with her lilting vocals. Her set consisted of what she dubbed as “fuck you Taylor Swift vibe” tunes, eliciting many sways and nods of approval from the crowd.

After a short wait, singer-songwriter Clea entered the stage delivering a whirl of original songs and a cosmic cover of Crimson and Clover – a track originally performed by Tommy James and the Shondells. As punters filed through the doors of the Northcote Social Club, Clea took to enchanting the ever growing crowd with her lush vocals and dreamy folk sounds. With a mesmerising blend of acoustic and electric guitar, Clea ended her set with her latest single and triple j favourite, Dire Consequences. By the time her set drew to a close, it was clear that the crowd was very ready for some indie pop lovin’.

The stage curtains were finally drawn open and emerged on stage were Brissy band Cub Sport.

The band kicked off their set with Sun, a swirling breeze of hypnotic synths and fluttering harmonies. Not a still body was in sight. Everyone seemed to have floated off into a cosmic abyss. As the crowd continued to sway, Cub Sport went on to play Stay before moving onto I Can’t Save You. Everyone seemed to be bopping and boogieing to the infectious keyboard riff of the summery track. It was difficult to find one person who wasn’t dancing their absolute heart out for these first few opening tunes.

Unfortunately, Cub Sport’s set was cut short, as frontman Tim Nelson had slowly begun to lose his voice due to illness. The band however played two more songs, including their latest single Come On Mess Me Up. Despite Tim’s voice slowly giving out, he managed to smash out every falsetto within the song, completely captivating the entire crowd. The band ended the short set with their well loved cover of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam – which they first performed on triple j’s Like A Version series. Their synth drenched and harmonious rendition of the yeezy track was an ultimate dream and a pleasure to hear live – Zoe’s guitar solo was definitely 10 times more impressive in person. Before leaving the stage, the band apologised once more for the short set, saying that they’ll make it up to us when they come back to Melbourne later on in the year.

From the few songs we heard the band perform, I think it’s still safe to say that Cub Sport sure know how to put on a vibrant and exhilarating show. On the behalf of Melbourne fans, we wish the band good health and hope to have a proper boogie and groove to your dazzling indie pop tunes soon!