Ball Park Music say there was a “strong possibility” they weren’t going to release ‘Cherub’

'Cherub' ranked #4 on triple j's Hottest 100 of 2020

Ball Park Music are celebrating their highest Hottest 100 ranking to date with ‘Cherub‘, but now they’ve revealed the song was almost never released.

Speaking to triple j’s Dave Ruby Howe last night (January 25), Ball Park Music frontman Sam Cromack expressed the band’s concerns with the song prior to its release.

“Even releasing ‘Cherub’, mainly due to its length, we deliberated massively, thinking about [how] songs of that length fare on radio and what not,” Cromack said.


“All boring things to consider, but it’s just how it is. There was a strong possibility of us never releasing this song, even though we loved it. I guess that’s what got it across the line – the feeling and that response we got from loved ones just saying, ‘that song’s special!'”

“So, we thought ‘bugger it’ and just put it out,” he continued.

“Even though we loved the song, I don’t think we had high aspirations for it…If anything, it’s really an amazing reminder of what music making really is, and you should absolutely do what’s right for you.”

‘Cherub’ came in at #4 on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2020, being pipped by Flume and Toro Y Moi‘s ‘The Difference‘, Spacey Jane‘s ‘Booster Seat‘ and the winner, Glass Animals‘ ‘Heat Waves‘.

The ballad was first released in late August of last year, ahead of the release of the band’s self-titled sixth album in October.

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