The Custodian – New album from The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt

October 5th sees the release of The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt solo album ‘The Custodian’, a double CD of thirty acoustic songs, written over the last four decades. (Good Deeds Music)

Hunt says that the idea of becoming The Custodian came from a conversation with one of his musical heroes. “I was in New York a few years back and was invited to guest at a Tom Robinson solo show. Tom has long been an inspiration to me and given the opportunity to perform with him… well, lets just say I couldn’t polish my boots quick enough. During our brief rehearsal together on the afternoon of the show Tom asked me who I felt now owned the songs that I have written over all these years. I answered that whoever the publishing company I signed with probably did, but ultimately, I did. Tom was quick to correct me pointing out that all of my songs now belonged to my audience. Going on to explain that the songs I have written have been part of the sound track to thousands of people’s live and it is those people that now truly own them. He said that my position was now of The Custodian, the person who’s job it is to see that the songs are treated and performed with the respect the audiences deserve. It was an incredibly important thing to have said to me and something I have not and will not ever forget.”

With this in mind Hunt has rehearsed over sixty of his best loved compositions to perform in chronological order on his upcoming UK tour. “There are a couple of songs from the back catalogue that I just couldn’t bring myself to sing again. Either a lazy or nonsense lyric, or just a rotten set of chords. When you’ve been at it as long as I have I don’t think anyone could expect a 100% strike rate. But really there are only two or three songs I would prefer not to revisit.”

As well as performing songs Hunt will also be reading a handful of excerpts from his three acclaimed books, ‘The Wonder Stuff Diaries’. “I’m so very thankful to my younger self for keeping hand written diaries during the early years of The Wonder Stuff’s activities. I’m fortunate that I do have a pretty decent memory of what went on in those days, but to have the actual voice from the past, recorded on the page, to tell me straight how things were and how I felt about what was going on, well, I would like to buy that young man a beer for having the foresight to give such a gift to his elder self.”

Disc One

01. Speakeasy
02. It’s Not True…
03. Unbearable
04. Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More
05. Can’t Shape Up
06. Them, Big Oak Trees
07. The Size Of A Cow
08. Caught In My Shadow
09. Maybe
10. On The Ropes
11. Sing The Absurd
12. I Think I Must’ve Had Something Really Useful To Say
13. Room 512, All The News That’s Fit To Print
14. Fixer
15. Fits & Starts

Disc Two

01. Everything Is Not Okay
02. Flapping On The Pier
03. Escape From Rubbish Island
04. Was I Meant To Be Sorry?
05. Tricks Of The Trade
06. We Hold Each Other Up
07. Falsified
08. Were You There?
09. Steady As You Go
10. Right Side Of The Turf
11. You Can’t Go Back (To Once Upon A Time)
12. Don’t You Ever
13. Good Deeds & Highs
14. The Sweetest Of Bitterest Ends
15. Custodian

Tour Dates

October

1st – Southampton, The 1865
2nd – Indie Daze, London
11th – Liverpool, Music Room
12th – Selby, Town Hall
25th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
26th – Leicester, The Y Theatre
27th – Sheffield, Greystones

November

5th – Hastings, Black Market VIP
6th – Swindon, Vic
9th – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
10th Harpenden, Public Halls
17th – Barnstaple, Pilton Village Hall
18th – Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead
21st – Leeds Brundenell
22nd – Bury, The Met
23rd – Biddulph, Town Hall
24th – Bristol, Thunderbolt
27th – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
29th – Dumfries, CatStrand
30th – Irvine, Harbour Art Centre

December

1st – Newcastle, Cluny 2

Website: http://www.thewonderstuff.co.uk/

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