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New Video: 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. 

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 no 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 
01.10.18 The 1865, Southampton
02.10.18 Indie Daze, London 
11.10.18 Music Room, Liverpool
12.10.18 Town Hall, Selby 
25.10.18 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 
26.10.18 The Y Theatre, Leicester
27.10.18 Greystones, Sheffield 

05.11.18 Black Market VIP, Hastings 
06.11.18 Vic, Swindon 
09.11.18 John Peel Centre, Stowmarket 
10.11.18 Public Halls, Harpenden 
17.11.18 Pilton Village hall, Barnstaple 
18.11.18 Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead 
21.11.18 Brundenell, Leeds 
22.11.18 The Met, Buty 
23.11.18 Town Hall, Biddulph 
24.11.18 Thunderbolt, Bristol 
27.11.18 The Old Fire Station, Carlisle 
29.11.18 CatStrand, Dumfries 
30.11.18 Harbour Art Centre, Irvine 

01.12.18 Cluny 2, Newcastle