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Cub Sport is an independent Australian alt-pop group from Brisbane, Queensland.[1] The band is composed of vocalist Tim Nelson, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Zoe Davis, keyboardist/vocalist Sam "Bolan" Netterfield and drummer Dan Puusaari. To date, the band has released three EPs and three studio albums.[2]

Cub Sport
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Cub Sport performing at Falls Festival in Byron Bay, 2019. (L-R): Tim Nelson, Dan Puusaari.
Background information
Also known asTim Nelson and the Cub Scouts (2010–2011), Cub Scouts (2011–2013)
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresIndie pop, dream pop, synthpop
Years active2010–present
MembersTim Nelson
Zoe Davis
Sam Netterfield
Dan Puusaari
Past membersBek Stoodley
Andrew Williams



2010–2013: Career beginningsEdit

Originally formed by singer-songwriter Tim Nelson in 2010 as a backing band for his solo songs, the band released a self-titled debut EP that same year, Tim Nelson & The Cub Scouts. Following a line-up change, the band shortened the name to simply Cub Scouts in 2011. Under the new name, they released two singles—"Evie" in 2011 and "Do You Hear" in 2012—before releasing their second EP Told You So in October 2012. The title track gained popularity on US college radio.[1]

The band officially changed their name to Cub Sport in August 2013 following a legal dispute with Scouts Australia.[3] In 2013, they released their third EP, Paradise, which featured two singles: "Pool!" and the title track.

2014–2018: This Is Our Vice and BatsEdit

Lead guitarist Andrew Williams departed from the band in 2014. He was not replaced, converting the band into a four-piece and shifting both Nelson and bassist Zoe Davis to additional guitar duties. In 2015, the band released the first single from their debut album, "Only Friend". The album, This Is Our Vice, followed on 4 March 2016. In August 2016, they performed a cover of Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam" on the Triple J segment Like a Version.[4] The third and final single from This Is Our Vice, "Come On Mess Me Up", reached number 24 on the 2016 Triple J Hottest 100,[5] their first ever appearance in the annual countdown.

Cub Sport toured nationally and internationally in support of This Is Our Vice, both as headliners and support to acts including Ball Park Music,[1] Loon Lake,[1] Andy Bull,[6] Saskwatch,[7] The 1975[8] and Big Scary.[9]

On 30 June 2017, Cub Sport released the first single from their second album, the gospel-influenced "O Lord". The song was written about lead singer Tim Nelson's experience after coming out and his fear of losing his relationship with Netterflied, his now-husband as he felt he finally "had everything to lose".[10] The album, entitled Bats, was released on 22 September 2017 and saw the release of two further singles "Chasin" and "Good Guys Go". The band toured extensively in support of the album, including a sold-out headlining Australian tour in March, a national support for Vance Joy in September and headlined Aurora Aksnes in October. A video for "Hawaiian Party" was released in September 2018, which was directed and produced by the Dolan Twins. The video surpassed one million views within a week of its upload.

2019: Cub SportEdit

In October 2018, Cub Sport released "Sometimes", the release coincided with the news that the band would release their third self-titled album in January 2019. In November 2018, Cub Sport were inaugural winner of the ARIA Emerging Artist Scholarship.[11] Cub Sport was released on 18 January 2019 via the band's own imprint, Cub Sport Records and peaked at number 12 on the ARIA Charts. During their Australian tour in April, a live review said that lead singer Tim Nelson “is literally like Brisbane’s Justin Bieber but more indie and more gay”

Appearances in other mediaEdit

Cub Sport's music has featured on a number of television programs, including Please Like Me,[12] Scream,[13] Are You the One?,[13] The Only Way Is Essex,[13] Switched at Birth[13] and Awkward.[13]

Band membersEdit

Cub Sport performing in Melbourne in 2016.
Current members
  • Tim Nelson – lead vocals (2010–present), keyboards (2010-2018), guitar (2014–2018)
  • Zoe Davis – vocals (2010–present), bass (2010–2014, 2017–2018), guitar (2014–present), keyboards (2017–present)
  • Sam Netterfield – keyboards, vocals (2010–present)
  • Dan Puusaari – drums (2010–present), keyboards (2018–present)
Former members
  • Bek Stoodley – backing vocals (2010-2011)
  • Andrew Williams – guitar (2010–2014)


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
This Is Our Vice
  • Released: 22 September 2017[16]
  • Label: Cub Sport (CUB004)
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming, LP
Cub Sport
  • Released: 18 January 2019[17]
  • Label: Cub Sport (CUB005)
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming, LP


List of EPs
Title EP details
Tim Nelson & The Cub Scouts
  • Released: August 2010 (Australia)[19]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD
Told You So
  • Released: 12 October 2012 (Australia)[20]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: 2 August 2013 (Australia)[21]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD, digital download


List of singles
Title Year Album
"Evie" 2011 Told You So
"Told You So" 2012
"Do You Hear"
"Pool!" 2013 Paradise
"Only Friend"[22] 2015 This Is Our Vice
"I Can't Save You"[23] 2016
"Come On Mess Me Up"
"O Lord"[24] 2017 Bats
"Good Guys Go"[26] 2018
"Such Great Heights [615 Session]"[27] non-album single
"Give It to Me (Like You Mean It) [615 Session]"[28]
"Sometimes"[29] Cub Sport
"Summer Lover"[30]
"Party Pill"[31] 2019
"When the Party's Over" (Like a Version) [32] non-album single
"Limousine"[33][34] Cub Sport

Other appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Cub Sport". Triple J. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Cub Sport - This Is Our Vice". JB Hifi. November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Cub Scouts changing name after legal dispute". Triple J. ABC. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Breakfast with Alex and Matt". Triple J. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Triple J Hottest 100". Triple J. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. ^ "ANDY BULL AND CUB SPORT ARE TOURING TOGETHER". Project U. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ "LIVE REVIEW: SASKWATCH W/ CUB SPORT @ THE TRIFFID". AAA Backstage. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Live Review: The 1975 + Cub Sport – Hisense Arena, Melbourne (24.07.16)". The AU Review. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Big Scary touring 'Animal' for the last time with Cub Sport in tow". Triple J. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Cub Sport". Triple J. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Nominations for the 2018 ARIA Emerging Artist Scholarship, Presented by Virgin Australia, Are Now Open". ARIA Awards. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Cub Sport Tumblr". Cub Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Cub Sport". Tune Find. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  14. ^ Peaks in Australia:
  15. ^ "This is Our Vice (CD)". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  16. ^ "BATS (CD)". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Cub Sport (CD)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  19. ^ Roberts, Aidan. "Tim Nelson & The Cub Scouts – EP". Alt Media. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Told You So (EP)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Paradise (EP)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Only Friend – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  23. ^ "I Can't Save You – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  24. ^ "O Lord – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  25. ^ "EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Cub Sport Exemplifies Sincere Alt-Pop Songwriting In "Chasin'"". Ones to Watch. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Good Guys Go – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Such Great Heights – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  28. ^ "Such Great Heights – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Sometimes – Single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Single Review Cub Sport Summer Lover". Thomas Bleach. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  31. ^ "CUB SPORT Announce Australian Album Tour with New Single 'PARTY PILL'". Amnplify. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  32. ^ "When the Party's Over (Triple J Like a Version)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  33. ^ "CUB SPORT – «LIMOUSINE»". LGBTIQ Music Chart. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  34. ^ "Cub Sport Sheds Their Skin". PaperMag. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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