We’re going to be supporting Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds at The Foundry on Saturday, May 19.

Having seen the band in full flight last time they were in Brisbane, we can testify – this will be a great gig. Ourselves and the mighty Gentle Ben and His Shimmering Hands will be in support.

Kid Congo Powers, is an American rock guitarist and singer, best known as a member of The Gun Club, the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Alongside the Pink Monkey Birds, he continues a great legacy.

We’ll be trying a few new songs out in our set. One is a cover of a well-known song by R.E.M. which I think we’ve re-made appropriately for us.

Come check it out.

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

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.