Cub Sport / Josh Fudge
There are few trajectories in Australian music more remarkable than that of Cub Sport. Since they emerged as a promising young indie band in the early 2010s, the Meanjin (Brisbane) four-piece, comprised of Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis, and Dan Puusaari, have become known for their powerful, must-see live show and their ardent fanbase, as well as ARIA Platinum and Gold-certified singles like, "Come On Mess Me Up," "Chasin", and "Sometimes." Prolific and profoundly influential, Cub Sport is one of Australia's most significant pop exports, and arguably the most successful independent (self-managed and self-released) band in the country.
Boasting over 250 million streams and an ARIA number two album to their name (2020's Like Nirvana, number one Vinyl Sales chart, number one Australian Albums chart) Cub Sport has achieved some of the highest possible honours in Australian music, performing at the 2020 AFL Grand Final and placing in triple j's Hottest 100 five times. Their music, which is largely self-produced and blends pop classicism with experimental and electronic elements, has been praised by the likes of The Guardian, BBC Radio 1, Rolling Stone, Billboard, i-D, Vice, Gay Times, The FADER, and countless others. In 2023, Cub Sport is set to return with long-awaited new music, ready to provide more hope and joy at a time when it's sorely needed.
Josh Fudge fashions a kaleidoscopic take on pop by conjuring modern vibrancy through analog proficiency. The 19-year-old Oklahoma City born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer paints from a broad palette of alternative, indie, and pop; envisioning a world of his own in the process. He took to the piano at the age of four, spending hours on the instrument daily. At nine years old, he noticed a flyer in a local arts district. The words "Street Performers Welcome" beckoned him. Much to his mother's chagrin, her middle schooler set up shop with a tiny keyboard and amp and busked, taking home $200 in cash. Drawing inspiration from everyone from Billy Joel to Mac DeMarco, he bought a guitar, a bass, a drum set, and amassed an arsenal of analog synths. Sharpening his songwriting, he locked into an "aggressive release strategy" throughout 2020. His single "7 in the Morning" landed a placement on Spotify's Fresh Finds. Coverage followed from Indie Shuffle as the track shot to #1 on Hype Machine. He maintained this momentum with the independent project Fun Times. Among many highlights, "When She's Gone" cracked 1 million cumulative streams. However, he reached another level yet again with 2021's "FEEL LIKE." It debuted on Spotify's coveted New Music Friday playlist and generated 2.8 million Spotify streams. After amassing 10 million-plus streams independently and receiving support from Spotify's New Music Friday, Glide Magazine, and more, he invites everyone into this space on a series of singles and more music to come.