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Having formed in Brisbane in 1990, Custard released five albums over the following decade (Buttercup/Bedford, Wahooti Fandango, Wisenheimer, We Have the Technology and Loverama). Combining the intelligent pop of Devo and Pavement with the humour of Violent Femmes or Ween, the band developed a cult following, playing countless shows around the country and touring overseas.

They produced a parade of memorable singles, several of which became entrenched in Australian pop music history. ‘Apartment’ polled higher than any other local artist in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 1995, with ‘Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)’ coming in at #3 in the 1998 vote, before the group disbanded in 1999.

The members have all remained active in the intervening period, playing in groups including The Go-Betweens, The Titanics, The Polaroids, The Lost Gospel, The Purple Hearts and Beachfield. After playing a handful of well-received reunion shows in recent years, the band ventured into the studio in February 2015 to see if this renewed enthusiasm might result in fresh material. The results inspired them to embark on the dreaded “come back” and release their first album in 16 years.

The Stress of Leisure

The Stress of Leisure is a band with four people in it. All of the people in the band reside in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia). The band was formed by Ian Powne, who plays guitar and sings. Ian initially wrote the moniker on his home recordings, later graduating to record the first full-length album (Self-Titled) released in 2006. Ian is joined in the band these days by the femme-attack of Pascalle Burton (keys/synths), Jane Elliott (bass) and Jessica Moore (drums).

Like all the best bands, The Stress of Leisure is a party band in the art-school mould. Imagine a Brisbane backyard full of misfits dancing and sweating their hearts out. It’s Queensland post-punk and irreverent as all hell. Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ describes the band as “off-kilter dancefloor filler.”