Thanks to Universal Music Australia we had the chance to chat with Custard‘s frontman David McCormack in order to find out more about the band’s new album The Common Touch.
What can you tell us about your new album The Common Touch?
The Common Touch is a very different album for us. We recorded the basic tracks in two different studios over two days and we had no real idea where the songs would take us. I’m pleasantly surprised at the place we landed, its sort of raw but very refined at the same time. A bit like cloning The Cosmic Psychos with Sherbet.
Come Back, All Is Forgiven, was a very special album for you guys. How hard was to put the band together again after many years apart?
Come Back was the sound of us playing together in a small room in Marrickville. Minimal overdubs, maximum enjoyment. Of course, as people get older, their lives get busier, so simply managing to find some time for the four of us to be in the same room together was challenging. But we did it! We spent so many years together in the 90s that we’ve got our interpersonal relationships down to a fine art, we still laugh at the same jokes.
Looking back to the early days of the band. How would you describe your musical journey?
In the early 90’s, the idea of playing a gig in Sydney was a dream come true to us. The idea of releasing an album was about as far as our imaginations could see. Here we are 27 years later and we are still releasing music and playing gigs. It’s a strange world. We’ve been pretty lucky along the way, we’ve had lots of people help us out.
What’s your favourite Custard song and why?
My favourite Custard song is probably Pinball Lez. The lyric was basically given to me verbatim by listening in to someone else’s conversation and when we play it live the crowd always sings along. It also reminds me of living in Milton in the 90s.
What’s your take on the current status of the Australian music industry?
I’ve got no idea what’s going on in the Australian Music Industry. From the outside, it looks like it’s tough going.
Can you share with us any funny tour story?
We stayed in a mansion once, in rural Georgia. I was convinced the place was haunted, lots of strange sounds and things moving in the night. Matthew is a bit of a sleepwalker, so about 2am he gets up and starts wandering around the kitchen, trying to make an omelette. The caretaker of the mansion, Jeffery comes running out in his nightgown, welding a shotgun. He trips on the gown’s waste-tie and the gun goes off, nearly killing Matthew. Matthew wakes up from his sleepwalking and screams “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player!”
The Common Touch is now available in Australia