After releasing their massively successful third album Cub Sport only earlier this year, Cub Sport have returned with the first taste of new music – “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life”.
Featuring a stunning guest vocal from Darren Hayes (of Savage Garden), “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life” marks a new phase for the independent and self-managed Brisbane four piece, who have spent the past couple of months finishing off a fresh batch of new music written and recorded amidst a huge year of global touring.
Soft guitar strums tickled with subtle beats emphasise the intimacy of the lyrics as they swell from soft fragile verses into a building falsetto of pure emotion. Delicate and intimate, yet celebratory, “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life” is a raw moment of reflection for lead singer Tim Nelson as he shares a recent experience of true simplified happiness:
[Tim Nelson] “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life is a song about happy crying. I remember being at home and looking over at Bolan, Miss and Eve on the couch – they all looked so beautiful and happy and I was filled with so much gratitude and happiness and pride for how far we’d come and how many obstacles we’d overcome to get to that point.”
After meeting in LA earlier this year, Tim sent the track to Darren Hayes and asked if he would like to feature. Within 72 hrs he had recorded his vocals and sent them back to be mixed and mastered.
[Darren Hayes] “I’ve been of a fan of Cub Sport since I first heard ‘’Come On Mess Me Up’. At the time, I didn’t realize they were Australian, let alone from my home town. I just loved the songs, Tim’s voice, the production. A few weeks ago, I got a text from Tim asking if I wanted to be involved in ‘I never cried so much in my whole life’. I listened to the song, and literally burst into tears of joy. I responded immediately saying yes. Tim was so generous, he offered me the opportunity to contribute in whatever way I wanted – whether that meant writing my own verse or doing a different take on it. But when I first I heard the song, it was perfect, and I knew all I had to do was sing the song the way it had been written. That’s how it came about. I’ve never really been someone who works with other artists, nor have I ever really found an artist who I thought made sense with my voice and my writing style, but there was something very magical and serendipitous about my being invited to be a part of this single. It feels like it was meant to be”.
“I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life” marks a taste of what’s to come with their next full length release, as the constantly evolving group shed expectations and explore new sounds and themes.
In honour of Spirit Day, Cub Sport have also been selling limited edition purple T-Shirts, with all profits being donated to GLAAD to aid in the awareness and support of LGBTQI youth. Cub Sport receive an increasing number of messages every day from people sharing their stories of struggling with their identity, to coming out, to listening to their songs in a time of darkness and thanking the group for making music that heals and empowers them. These messages come from all over the world, from people of all walks of life, and is a powerful reminder that music can connect and uplift people in powerful ways, even if you feel like there’s no hope left.
Tim Nelson: “I Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life is coming out on Spirit Day (against LGBT bullying and youth suicide) and I hope it can bring hope and light to anyone who’s going through it right now. I spent so many years of my life feeling like I’d always have to hide, letting the horrible things people would say push me further and further from being my authentic self. I know how it feels to want to be somebody other than yourself but this song is proof that you can make it to the other side. You are who you are for a reason and you’re deserving of love and happiness. Hang in there, I promise you it gets better.”