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The Cub Scouts to play Saigon

With two top 10 hits in the Australian charts already under their belts, The Cub Scouts arrive in Vietnam on the back of four performances at Music Matters in Singapore. We talk to singer / songwriter and keyboard player, Tim Nelson


There are millions of names out there. How did you end up calling yourselves Cub Scouts? And how did you go from Tim Nelson and The Cub Scouts to Cub Scouts?


We used to just go by ‘Tim Nelson’ but thought it would be good to give the band a name. Sam came up with the ‘and the Cub Scouts’. We all wore neckties for a show and sort of looked like scouts. We changed the name to just Cub Scouts when we released our first single Evie. It had a completely different sound to the music we had previously played in our live show, so we treated it like a fresh start.


Due to your youth, many of your fans call you the Babe Scouts. Is this a term of endearment or something you’d rather avoid?


It’s nice but we don’t go calling ourselves Babe Scouts or anything, ha ha.


You’ve released four singles and one EP. Which track would you say describes you best? Why? And how do you feel about your growing success?


Evie. It’s a pretty happy song, I wrote it about one of my dogs. We love dogs. It’s really exciting that people are getting to know our music, hopefully we’re lucky enough for it to keep growing.


For those out there who don’t know you, how would you describe yourself?


We’re an alternative/pop band and a lot of our music is happy-sounding.


How accurate is Radar Music’s quote about you? “Sweet, seductive indie pop that feels like a shot of honey in your earhole”.


Hopefully other people will agree with that!


You’ve played to audiences as big as 4,000 people. Do you prefer large audiences over small? And what were your favourite gigs?


They’re both really fun for different reasons. I think my favourite gig we’ve played was our Pool! single launch in our hometown, Brisbane. It was sold out and the audience was awesome.


One female and four males. How does that affect the dynamics of the band?


It’s great. Zoe is really funny and easy-going, so it’s never really a challenge.


You’re playing in Vietnam on the back of a stint at the Music Matters festival in Singapore. How was the festival? What are your first impressions of Vietnam?


Music Matters was really cool. We played four shows across quite different venues so it was really interesting and fun. We got a good response from the audiences too, so that was nice!


We love Vietnam! It’s an awesome place and we’re really keen to come back again.


The Cub Scouts are playing at Cargo Bar on Friday May 31st. The show starts at 7pm. Advance tickets can be purchased for VND150,000 with student ID / or VND250,000 (limited earlybird price). On the door tickets cost VND300,000. Tickets are available from the Q4 Box Office at 7A Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4, Asian Kitchen / Alley Cat - 185/22 Pham Ngu Lao, Q1 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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