Jane Elliott, bass player in The Stress of Leisure and expert in perfumery, was commissioned to come up with a fragrance match range for the members of Custard in celebration of our pending tour with them to the deep north of Queensland – Friday May 4 (Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville) and Saturday May 5 (Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns). Things will get tropical, but the scent of success will be in the air. Notes included below. Stocking soon…

David McCormack
Masculinity: eccentric, playful, creative
Favoured animal: a handsome, colourful cockatoo
Tropical hideaway: a luxurious turret packed with nautical memorabilia, overlooking a quiet Palm Cove vista
Fragrance notes: sophisticated, cooling citrus, for nights in white linen

Paul Medew
Masculinity: practical, adventurous, youthful
Favoured animal: a baby saltwater crocodile
Tropical activity: a solo kayak voyage down a lonely, mangrove-lined creek
Fragrance notes: lavender and hints of savannah spice float alluringly in the hot, muddy air

Matthew Strong
Masculinity: daring, rough ‘n tumble, devil may care
Favoured animal: a small pack of friendly dingoes
Tropical kickback tunes: Astrud Gilberto, Jimmy Buffett, Slayer
Fragrance notes: disturbing musk, inspired by said dingoes, is a louche evening hit

Glenn Thompson
Masculinity: urbane, minimal, artistic
Favoured animal: a rare fruit bat
Tropical cocktail: a blend of lychee and rum, with some kind of unusual nut giving a welcome trace of bitterness
Fragrance notes: austere church incense adds a meditative note to a stroll down the backpacker strip

This coming Easter will be spent with sub-tropical comrades Some Jerks. They played The Bearded Lady in February and packed the place out – people were dancing in the street crying with joy. I would implore these people to come see us and ‘The Jerks’ play at a new Brissie venue called Outer Space on March 31. A band also on the bill is called Elder who we’re looking forward to catching as well. We’ve played some really fun gigs alongside Some Jerks and they are always memorable for the right reasons.


It’s time to fill the Xmas stockings with lashings of Pulled Pork, our latest single from album Eruption Bounce.

What’s so special about this video is that we managed to convince Adam Hadley to wear a gold suit with a pig mask. Furthermore, what’s so special about this video is that we had to convince Adam Hadley to stop wearing a gold suit with a pig mask. He really is something – beguiling, bewitching in fact, moving with such precise delicacy you want him on the plate. So delicious…

We shot the video at a special green screen location in Coorparoo, Brisbane. Once more, we were lucky to have Phil Usher on hand to do some photography for us. Phil is always a calm presence, especially when our collective hunger reaches epic proportions with a mantra like ‘pulled pork’ on repeat.

The video also repesents a look we’ve been donning over the course of the Eruption Bounce tour – black clothes, with the ‘product’ t-shirts and red neckerchief. We’ve now essentially retired this look, but it may reappear sporadically in the future. This look isn’t perfect for January through to March here in sub-tropical Brisbane, but hey, you have to be tough to live in Queensland.


Just wanted to say a few words about local Brisbane radio institution 4ZZZ…..(and Custard)…

We’ve been playing shows with Custard and coincidentally they had a song called Fantastic Plastic back in the early 90’s that referenced 4ZZZ – “I wish that Triple Zed would play us”. Well, luckily for us 4ZZZ has been playing The Stress of Leisure quite a bit. For October 2017 in fact, Eruption Bounce was number 1 on the 4ZZZ charts for three weeks! And in a wonderful twist of fate, those charts also included Custard’s latest album The Common Touch.

Needless to say we’re pretty happy to be played on our favourite radio station, and chuffed that Zed announcers have been giving us a spin. Big disclaimer: Ian also presents on 4ZZZ, a show called Brighten the Corners, which he co-presents with Adele Pickvance (The Go-Betweens/The Dave Graney Show). Brighten the Corners never plays The Stress. Wouldn’t be right.

4ZZZ though, continues to support local music and provide a platform for local musicians to show their wares. It’s also refreshing to hear music being played full of personality, and announcers who are in touch with music scenes far and wide.

You may be interested to also read Chris Cobcroft’s review of Eruption Bounce here

Check out this interview which featured on The New Releases Show.

Thanks 4ZZZ. Thanks Custard.

We’re looking forward to launching Eruption Bounce this weekend. What can you expect? Most probably a fun time. We’ve curated, and of course we love the term curated…. ahem, we’ve curated the finest of lineups.

Get there early for Brisbane locals The Gametes, who are set to begin their performance at 9:00pm. What we like about this band is their professionalism, and adherence to workplace health and safety. Their music is likely to simultaneously make you wonder what you’ve done with your life, whilst thoroughly delighting you.

Moody Beach on the other hand, are Sydney glamour-babes of the finest order. What’s very appealing about this outfit, despite their impeccable fashion-sense, is that they are very courteous. You may find yourself entranced swaying in time to their music, planning your next exotic getaway.

All in all, it promises to be a very fine evening. Even if you arrive brandishing rugby league paraphernalia, we will of course, still give you your due respect…

And don’t forget, it’s a Queensland public holiday the next day.

Another new album is on its way, and to just give you a taster, we’ve done a video for the song I Wanna Be Adult.

The video is inspired by the television program Come Dine With Me. Pascalle Burton came up with the idea and saw the concept through to its realisation. We were ably supported by Phil Usher on camera, who incidentally played drums on our last album Achievement. Adele Pickvance, once of the legendary Go-Betweens, The Far Our Corporation and The Dave Graney Show, also makes a star cameo.

There were some excellent meals prepared during the making of this, and as much as shooting a video is always strenuous, we thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of our labour.

The song itself focuses in on the term ‘adult’. We hear this term a lot, especially from politicians. It’s all a bit paradoxical.

Of course, we love this type of absurdity at The Stress of Leisure.

I remember the first time I heard Custard, in the early 1990s. It was on community radio, and I think the station was 4ZZZ, but it could’ve been 4DDB in Toowoomba. Instantly I was turned on to the sound, it felt like Queensland, the voice was talking to me. It was clever and fun. The song was ‘Bedford’ and made me a fan. From that song the band went onto national prominence playing the BIg Day Out and Livid, touring throughout and appearing regularly on national television. I saw Custard play a lot – I remember in 1996 the gig at Festival Hall with Regurgitator and Powderfinger, the moment Custard played ‘Golden Age of Nicotine’ a couple of times in a row; that 1997 4ZZZ Market Day in Albert Park when they opened with ‘Money For Nothing’; I even saw them play at the Gladstone Hotel in Toowoomba, up on the range. Always fun, I always came away with another special memory of seeing them. They were an indelible part of my 1990s in Brisbane.

But yeah, fast forward a couple of decades and voila! The Stress of Leisure is joining Custard on tour, both of us simultaneously celebrating new albums. For us, we’re launching Eruption Bounce into the world. Custard will be launching The Common Touch. I’ve had a sneaky listen and it sounds great. Can’t wait to watch them in action again, I’m sure all those good times will come flooding back into the now.

All in all, we’re playing four times together. I’ve listed the dates below. I’m really looking forward to this!


Saturday 14th October @ Northcote Social Club (Melbourne)
Friday 20th October @ Currumbin Soundlounge (Gold Coast)
Sunday 22nd October @ Spotted Cow (Toowoomba)
Thursday 9th November @ The Basement (Sydney)

The Stress of Leisure is looking forward to supporting the formidable Shonen Knife at The Zoo on September 21. Shonen Knife released a fantastic album last year called Adventure including gems such as Wasabi and Tasmanian Devil.  Back in the 90s, who could forget the classic Banana Chips once it was in your head! So many catchy tunes. Also playing on the night are locals I Heart Hiroshima who are set to release a new album this year as well. This will be a TOP gig.

The Stress of Leisure is looking forward to releasing their sixth studio album Eruption Bounce later this year. It’s going to be released on Brisbane label Plus One Records. Frontman Ian Powne describes it as “a yearning for positivity, but essentially more songs about buildings, food AND the internet.” Stay tuned, comrades.