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Brisbane’s favourite indie poppers Cub Scouts are back with another super catchy number called ‘Paradise‘.
At the opening few bars I could have sworn that ‘Paradise’ belonged more to the likes of Panama or Mitzi with its distinct indie dance vibe. However, once the high end vocals of Tim Nelson kick in its hard not to deny its a Cub Scouts tune, with his sweet voice setting the pace for an equally relaxing and groovy pop number. I must admit I like the slightly dancier feel compared to their earlier tracks, and think it could reach to those outside the Triple J/indie realm. If it’s not already obvious, I am a huge fan of ‘Paradise’ and sense that their new 5 song ‘Paradise EP’ due for release on August 2nd will be ever better than their debut!
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One of the more exciting acts of 2012, we caught up with the Cub Scouts just before they reached global domination. If this interview is anything to go by 2013 could be even more interesting for the band!
Start off by giving us a brief history about how you guys met, and formed Cub Scouts.
Most of us went to school together or knew each other through school people. I had written some songs an wanted to play them with a full band. We played shows for a while and did some recording. Towards the end of 2011, we kind of shuffled things around, lost a member and started a new project, which is when Cub Scouts started.
How exactly did the name Cub Scouts come about?
Sam came up with it. I think it’s got something to do with us looking young or something.
What genre would you describe your music is? And what’s the appeal of it to you guys?
Pop or Indie/Pop or something. The appeal of it is that it’s a pretty fun genre, so it’s easy to enjoy playing it!
Who is your biggest music inspiration?
It changes too often to think of one person. Our producer John Castle is pretty inspiring though!
Did you ever predict that Cub Scouts would receive such a great reaction all around Australia? How does it feel?
No, not at all. It feels weird and good.
What’s something you’ve learnt whilst travelling around Australia on your tour?
Australia is a cool place and it’s hard I stay healthy without sleeping/eating properly.
What’s your favourite part about being a part of the music industry?
When things go well!
What’s the best performance you’ve had so far?
Probably our home town show in Brisbane on our most recent tour, it was really funny and good!
Does it ever get difficult being in a band? Ever have any fights between each other or is it always rainbows and butterflies?
It can be difficult at times, but not with each other. We haven’t fought at all yet, it’s a pretty amazing group of people to always be with. Zoe and Dan have physical fights every single tour we go on and it’s the best.
Who’s the most famous band/musician you’ve met?
Probably Lesley Feist!
Ever had an embarrassing moment in front of an audience or a band you really like? If so, what happened?
Something kind of embarrassing happened backstage at Laneway this year but I can’t really say or I’ll get in trouble haha
Where would you like to see yourselves, to see Cub Scouts, in 5 years time?
Hopefully living off the band with a few albums under our belts!
What are the plans for the future? 2013 looking big?
We’ve got lots of plans that we can’t really share yet, but it’s looking like it’s gonna be a giant version of 2012.
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Brisbane indie/pop band Cub Scouts have released their debut EP ‘Told You So’, and the should-be-named Babe Scouts have struck gold with this melodic, refreshing and utterly charming EP.
The Cub Scouts were able to work with John Castle (The Boat People, Dan Parsons, Washington, The Cat Empire) who recorded and produced the EP, with his experience clearly having a glowing affect on the tracks and their sound. This 5-piece Triple J Unearthed gem-of-a-band have a lot of potential, and you’ll agree after a long listen to their debut EP.
As soon as the first second of ‘Evie’ reaches your ears, you know you’re in for a good time and a good listen. This fun, upbeat track will have you toe tapping along in no time. Tim Nelson’s vocals ooze an easy listening sound, intertwining with the thick sound of this fresh summer tune. ‘Told you so’ provides a cool keyboard melody from the baben Tim along with his airy vocals, producing a dreamy sound. The harmonies and long phrasing add to this vibe. The tone of the keyboard reminds me of the Mario games, enhancing a sense of nostalgia, which brings back the happiness of childhood. The Bubble O’ Bill ice cream in the ‘Told You So’ official video also plays with that nostalgia atmosphere (see link to the official video below). The guitars really shine in ‘Do You Hear’ with Andrew Williams absolutely killing it, the sweet guitar riff adding a great element to the track. The harmonies are also a striking factor, working well with the sounds and tune. The harmonies stand out the most in ‘Scream’, which is a slower track on the EP, the vocals echo in such a way that has a lasting impression on the ears. The lyrics also make a good impression, and it’s a song you’d want to spend listening to on a lazy, sunny afternoon. Tim definitely is a stand out with his airy, light vocals clearly evident in ‘Hands’ where his vocals are the focus. With the standout performance of his vocal range and ability in ‘Light Me Up’, which is a slower, gentler track with great sounds and beats integrated within it.
These five babes will be on tour this December. 7th of December in Brisbane, December 13th in Sydney, December 14th in Adelaide and December 15th in Melbourne.
The Cub Scouts, have got my heart on a string this week and you may suffer the same fate after listening to their debut EP. So do have a deep listen and see for yourself.
Today’s Friday cover comes from Queensland indie poppers Cub Scouts as they take on ‘The Storm‘ a cracking tune by Sydney-siders Boy and Bear.
‘With Emperor Antarctica’ remains one of my farvourite EPs of all time, and its great to see Cub Scouts take ‘The Storm’ on and rework it into their own. A fun little track all recorded on their couch, Tim Nelson does a great job with the vocals, and the tambourine combined with keys from the tiny piano are rocking. Be sure to check out Tim Nelsons YouTube page, as it is filled with many takes of songs ranging from Brittney Spears to Washington.
Three stages, eight hours of non-stop music and a variety of genres spanning from indie-folk to heavy metal, Brisbane’s 4 Walls Festival is an event geared to bring you the very best of Australia’s freshest up-and-coming talent.
Now in its third year, the all ages event has seen the likes of Matt Corby and Last Dinosaurs take to the stage in the past, right before they were swept up into the loving arms of our nation. This year’s festival boasts a similar caliber of talent with The Paper Kites, The Medics, Millions, Cub Scouts, The Belligerents and Fairchild Republic announced as festival headliners.
If you are in Brisbane on the 4th of August, this is guaranteed to be an awesome day out so be sure to stick the date in your diary, make sure your free, and rock out to some of the best new talent coming out of Australia.
The full line-up for the 4 Walls Festival in Brisbane is as follows:
The Paper Kites
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