Day one began just as every BIGSOUND does: with heat-shock. Once the latitudinally unblessed (i.e. Melburnians) had come to terms with the incessant sweating, it was time to get on with the most important event on any emerging band’s – or argus-eyed promoter’s – calendar.

Jess Ribeiro absolutely caned the outside Brightside stage in the afternoon, which was packed with both artists and industry personnel getting a look-in at the revered musician – stay tuned for our upcoming interview. Last night’s highlight’s included dynamic acoustic dude Didirri (header image), the freakin’ obliterator Maddy Jane (who wouldn’t stay still long enough for a hi-res photo, but below is the nice collage job I posted on our instagram), and the talented wee legend Ruby Fields, who packed out the triple j unearthed stage at Oh Hello (with fellow singer-songwriter Alex the Astronaut watching on from the crowd).


Ruby Fields and Maddy Jane

For today’s post we bring you a peek at our chat with Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield, of Brissie four-piece Cub Sport.

The band’s second album Bats (coming two years after their highly acclaimed debut, This Is Our Vice) appears at a pivotal personal moment for Nelson and Netterfield specifically: last year they both came out and started a romantic relationship together, and those events have imbued Bats’ tracks with the sweet ache of new freedom.

The album’s first single O Lord is almost hymnal in its beauty, but Nelson says there aren’t any latent slivers of Christianity – however removed from the religion (which he and Netterfield grew up practising) he is – in its sound.

“I don’t feel like I’ve carried any of that on,” he says. “I feel like letting go of all of that and embracing who I am was the place that this album came from. I guess sonically, O Lord does sound pretty gospel, and I don’t really know where that came from. A couple of things on the album I thought about changing after I’d written and recorded it, and then I thought ‘No, I don’t want to dilute what it is, to try and make it more digestible.’ That’s what came to me in the moment and that’s what I was feeling, so I want to run with that. That’s how I felt about all of the songs.”

Some of the things he considered changing included “cutting out swearing for the sake of my mum” and also swapping “O Lord” to “My Love”. But ultimately he decided against it in an effort to maintain the “spontaneity” of the writing process.

Netterfield adds: “Something we realised very early on, as Tim was writing the music, was the whole notion of things being unedited. Just the first try, pure – it was pretty important to us.”

Bats is out independently on September 22 (you can pre-order it on vinyl and CD from JB right now), so keep an eye out for our full interview with Sam and Tim closer to its release. Cub Sport are playing at 11.30pm tonight on the Brightside outdoor stage.