Australian alt-pop group Cub Sport is about to embark on a world tour, and although it won't be their first, things will be quite different this time around given that two of the group's four members are now engaged to each other.
Tim Nelson and Sam "Bolan" Netterfield realized in September of last year -- at the end of their first tour and halfway through writing their second album -- that they were in love with each other.
"I think I said, 'I don't want this to ruin our friendship, but I love you and I wanna be with you,'" Sam recalled telling Tim. The two have plans to marry in their hometown of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia on Aug. 10.
Tim told TooFab that the tour kicking off in Australia on Feb. 23 will be Cub Sport's first headline tour since not only coming out, but also releasing music that "speaks so openly about those themes."
"The live show has come a long way since we came out because there's a new level of comfort on stage," he said. "No more holding back and wondering how I should be acting. I just feel more free to be myself than ever before."
Both Tim and Sam come from religious backgrounds, and while it did take their parents a bit of time to come around to the gay community as a whole, they said their families couldn't be more supportive -- and neither could their fellow Aussies.
"News in Australia was bombarded for the last 6 months with the same-sex marriage debate," Sam said. "It's pretty much all anyone spoke about in any media. The vote came back yes, and it was legalized pretty swiftly afterwards, and it feels like a different place almost."
Sam said even walking down the street holding hands with Tim has "a new feeling" now that same-sex marriage has been legalized.
"It feels like people make an effort to smile and do little things to let you know they approve," Tim said. "I feel like that was less common before marriage equality came into play."
Cub Sport is also a completely independent group, which gives them the freedom to make whatever kinds of creative and monetary decisions they want to make.
"We've been really fortunate with radio play in Australia," Tim said regarding how the group can afford to finance a world tour. "We've been touring there for years now, slowly building our fan base. Now we're at a point where we can tour Australia and use the profits from that tour to take ourselves around the rest of the world."