The Band Explains: Cub Sport feat. Mallrat - 'Video'

Cub Sport talk us through the visuals for ‘Video’ (feat. Mallrat) which pays homage to iconic noughties sex tapes and encourages self expression.

Where was the video for 'Video' filmed?
We filmed at a Victorian era mansion in Melbourne - it was built in the 19th century and is so beautiful.

How does the video connect with the song?
I wrote the song at a time when I was learning to recognise my own power and started allowing myself to exist and create without worrying too much about external expectations or judgement, the lyrics also kinda allude to a sex tape heh. The ‘Video’ video takes those themes and amplifies them. I feel like it’s equal parts soft/beautiful/edgy/powerful with the mansion, the next-level styling and the nod to some of our fav 2000s icons (who built empires from an invasion of their privacy).

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
This is may not be the fun BTS you had in mind with this question lol but those long wigs were so heavy!! Grace and I had p hectic headaches - obvs worth it for the aesthetics though! My respect for drag queens grows constantly!

Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
My initial idea for the video stemmed from wanting to pay homage to iconic sex tapes from the 2000s, then that developed to wanting to serve a 2000s Kim and Paris best friends vibe. I feel like the matching looks and opulent setting hit that mark.

What do you hope people take away from watching the video?
I hope this video expands peoples’ ideas around self-expression. I don’t vibe the concept of gender in general, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to break down a part of that for myself. I’ve identified as male my whole life (possibly because I grew up being told that that’s who I am) but I loved expressing the more feminine parts of myself in this vid. You can literally express yourself however feels right and I hope this video inspires some people in recognising and respecting that.

Interview feature by Karla Harris