We last spoke to you following your debut ‘Told You So’ EP release last year. I imagine the last year has been a whirlwind, what have the highlights been.
Embarking on our first international tour through the UK and Asia was incredible. Then we got to come home and play at Splendour In The Grass and release our second EP ‘Paradise.’ It’s been a great year so far!
In January Your single ‘Told You So’, ended up peaking at number 16 in the US college charts. Is it weird to know that people on the other side of the world are loving your music? Are you generally amazed at the response you guys have received internationally?
Yeah that was a really nice surprise. We’ve been lucky with radio support in Australia, so to see that happen in the US with college radio was really amazing.
Pool was your first new single for the year. Two questions. Was it fun including an exclamation mark (Pool!) in your song title? Secondly, you guys seem like a pretty fun upbeat bunch, did any of you jump of a roof to inspire the song?
Yes, the exclamation mark is very fun. I actually wrote that song about a period of time where my friends and I would end up breaking into a public pool every time we went out. We used to climb onto the roof then jump down into the pools, I should probably leave it there before I get myself into too much trouble.
New single, Paradise has been the song that everybody is bouncing along to at the moment. What is the story behind the song, and how did it all end up coming together?
There isn’t really a specific story or event that I wrote it about, but the idea behind it is that sometimes we have ‘paradise’ in our lives and don’t really realise that until it’s over. There are periods of my life that I look back on as some of the best times, but I know that at the time I didn’t realise how happy I actually was. I wrote it the night before we headed down to Melbourne to do some recording. I wrote most of it while I was driving home from work. I recorded a voice memo on my phone then when I got home I went to the piano and sort of just played it start to finish. The next day I played it for our producer John Castle at the studio and we knocked it over really quickly.
Is ‘Paradise’ in any way paying homage to Coldplay?
Haha no, but I do think that song is good.
We’ve touched on the first two singles, but obviously you also have a new EP out. Did your approach to the ‘Paradise EP’ differ to your first EP given the rise in popularity.
I don’t think our approach has really changed very much. Our main objective from the start of Cub Scouts has always been to make music that we enjoy and to make sure that everything we do feels right. If you start thinking about what other people want from you, I think it takes away a lot of the fun and natural creative process.
Also how would you describe the end result of the EP, and what conditions should we be listening in to get the most out of it?
I’m really happy with how it’s come together. There are some really varying sounds on the EP, but I think the themes and feelings from all of the songs work well together and it all kind of ties in. Overall it’s a pretty warm, summery collection of songs, so maybe cruisin’ in the car with mates would be a good way to listen to it.
You are touring off the back of the EP. Where are you going and who are you taking with you? Any shows your particularly keen for?
We’re supporting Jinja Safari on their big national tour of Australia! There are plenty of regional shows that I’m looking forward to. Especially Margaret River!
What is next for Cub Scouts?
The tour with Jinja Safari and then spending some time working on our debut album!