When Custard came back in 2015 — after 16 years in the musical wilderness — with their excellent Come Back All Is Forgiven, fans were pleased by the high quality of the album and how seamlessly it slotted into the band’s quirky ’90s discography.

Instead of waiting until 2031 to drop the follow up, Custard have today released a new single to radio: ‘In The Grand Scheme Of Things (None Of This Really Matters)’, the opening track and lead single from The Common Touch, which will be out October 6 (pre-order it here). They’ve also announced a national tour.

“I wrote all my songs for the album in November and December 2016 in a small room in Bexley with only one window”, frontman Dave McCormack explains.

“The window faced east. There was not much to look at so lyrically I focused on the tiny little things, a photograph in a drawer/”get well” cards, and the massive big things: the universe/existence/death.

Come Back All Is Forgiven was the sound of us playing together in a small room, minimal overdubs. The new album has cello, pedal steel, piano and a variety of backing singers. Some of the tunes were cut up and stitched back together in ways I never thought possible.”

TOUR DATES

Fri, Oct 13: The Bundy Hall, Gippsland, VIC
Sat, Oct 14: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Fri, Oct 20: Soundlounge Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD
Sat, Oct 21: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Sun, Oct 22: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thurs, Nov 9:  The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Fri, Nov 10: The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW