The band have also announced their largest national headline tour to date.
Brisbane’s Cub Sport are just days away from releasing their fifth album, Jesus At The Gay Bar, out this Good Friday, 7 April.
It should be a time of celebration for the outfit, but last night, the band addressed some “seriously scary” and “violent” comments directed at them during this album cycle.
“I’ve chosen not to include some comments because they were seriously scary and violent but I wanted to address this here because commenters like this always have settings where you can’t reply,” the band wrote on social media.
The group continue by acknowledging that the album title Jesus At The Gay Bar could be viewed as provocative for some fans “and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like that. But to me, the name of this album and the statement of releasing on Good Friday isn’t flippant,” the statement continues.
“This name and imagery is really significant for me in coming to a place of peace with myself, my sexuality and also peace with feeling acceptance of who I believe Jesus to be (now) after the torment of growing up in the church.
“I don’t expect it to be for everyone, but I think it’s going to be really powerful and healing for other people who have walked a similar path to me.
“Swipe to read the poem Jesus At The Gay Bar by @jayhulmepoet and let me know what you think.
“For the record, I’m not worried about judgement day, there is nothing in this heart of mine that ever needs to be healed.”
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Cub Sport ended the post by urging fans not to react by shaming the commenters. “Try be considered and compassionate, as hard as that can be sometimes,” they concluded.
Pre-order Jesus At The Gay Bar here.
Today, Cub Sport do have cause for celebration: they’re announcing their biggest national headline tour to date. The August/September run will kick off at Adelaide's Hindley Street Music Hall on 18 August, followed by stops at Perth's Astor Theatre on 19 August and Sydney's Enmore Theatre on 24 August.
After performing at Tanks in Cairns on 31 August, the band will return to their hometown of Brisbane to play at Fortitude Music Hall on 2 September before closing out the run of shows at Melbourne's Forum on 8 September.
2023 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Friday, 18 August - Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide SA
Saturday, 19 August - Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday, 24 August - Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Thursday, 31 August - Tanks, Cairns QLD
Saturday, 2 September - Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Friday, 8 September - Forum, Melbourne VIC