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Hailing from the shores of the North East coast, Cape Cub is the project of award-winning songwriter and producer Chad Male.
After gaining a wave of attention and topping the HypeMachine chart with ‘Swim’ in 2015, Cape Cub released the ‘Closer’ and ‘6am’ EPs in 2016 as an introduction to his heartfelt and grippingly spacious sound.
Where the 'Closer' EP drew upon Chad's attachment to the stunning landscape and industrial decline around his home in the remote coastal village Marske-by-the-Sea, '6am' absorbed more human themes: growing up and moving on, fighting the loss of youthful optimism, pursuing long-term ambitions, all whilst trying to maintain vital friendships and family ties.
“Every one of my songs is honest, and I’m prescribed to the notion that you need to write from a real place or what’s the point?” explained Chad.
With national radio plays from Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy on Radio X already under his belt, as well as extensive support from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, it should come as no surprise to hear that Cape Cub has picked up millions of Spotify streams and lots of love from Apple Music.
Chad spent the first half of 2017 setting up his own studio in Middlesbrough's Grade II listed former Post Office as part of the House Of Blah Blah creative space, before retreating into the second half of the year to carve his way forward.
With a new set, a new live line-up and a renewed focus, Cape Cub re-emerged with a series of singles for LAB Records.
Building on supports with the likes of Fickle Friends, Picture This, Sunset Sons and Clean Cut Kid, autumn 2017 saw Cape Cub road-test his new live set-up at Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough and BBC Amplify in London, as well as with sold-out headline shows in Stockton, Leeds and Newcastle.
Chad said, “The last few shows have been an absolute dream. No one can tell you how it feels to have your songs sung back at you like that. We can’t wait to get back in the van and play our music for you all.”