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We Interview Custard

Now in its 7th year, Between Bays is firmly established as Mornington Peninsula’s best, family friendly music festival on the summer calendar and this year there are even more activities for the kids making it a family day not to be missed. This year they have landed Brisbane band Custard!

Custard

We got to catch up with Glenn Thompson from the band. 

Since last years handful of shows in Brisbane and Sydney, and after all the constant touring through the late 90’s, how does it feel playing together after such a long time between gigs?

 

Once we are on stage it feels surprisingly similar. At our first rehearsal, after ten years, it was a bit of a shemozzle for about half an hour, then it all fell into place and sounded exactly like it used to.

 

It’s been over 20 years since Custard was formed, how has the local live music scene in Brisbane changed over that time?

 

I have no idea. None of us live in Brisbane anymore. I go up there occasionally for shows, but I don’t really know what it is like living and gigging there.

 

With great singalong songs such as “Ringo (I Feel Like…) and Girls like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us), is it still fun to see the crowd belt out the words along with you guys?

 

It is always a buzz to see the audience enjoying the songs and singing along. The surprise is the young people getting into it.

 

With the increasing young Australian talent getting airplay through Triple J Unearthed, what bands have recently caught your ear?

 

I must admit to not listening to JJJ as much as I used to. I liked Little Red’s first album. I don’t have the second.

The Little Lovers are my favourite Aussie band, but my son is in them.

 

Getting a bridge named after you in your home town is pretty impressive (a’la the Go Betweens), would Custard try and push for a Performing Arts Centre or a simple alleyway?

 

Well that bridge was an unexpected occurrence for the Go-Betweens. It shows how much some things can change. Go-Betweens concerts were once closed down by the police in Qld, as were other bands gigs. A Custard ‘anything’ would sound weird, don’t you think?

 

Custard has a remarkable and comprehensive back catalog of music- What band would you love to hear cover one of your hits?

 

Ummm, Madonna? Did you see her at the American football? Wow!

 

Your playing the Between the Bays festival on the Mornington Peninsula on the 25th of February, can your Brisbane fans expect a few sneaky shows back in your home town?

 

No, nothing sneaky about us anymore. No Ric’s residencies. We played the Brisbane Festival last year, that should do for a while. I want to tour China.

 

If the band was a Golden Girl, which one would you be? Saucy and cheeky like Blanche, stern and mature like Dorothy or innocent and sweet as pie like Rose?

 

I don’t know the Golden Girls.  But if we were Starsky or Hutch – we’d be Hutch.

 

Interview by - MartinaBailey Pitrun - AAA Backstage

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