David McCormack

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David McCormack (born 1968) is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter who fronted Brisbane-based rock group Custard (1989–1999, 2009).[1][2]

Early groups[edit]

David McCormack was born in 1968 in the Brisbane suburb of Kenmore, Queensland, and attended Ipswich Grammar School. He started his musical career as a vocalist and guitarist in Brisbane rock outfit, Who's Gerald?, in 1986, which included school friends Paul Medew on bass guitar and Glen Donald on keyboards, they recruited Cathy Atthow on drums.[3] They released a cassette, Who's Gerald's Greatest Hits in the same year on their own Gerald Corp Records. In March 1988 they released a single, "Wrestle Wrestle" and had the track, "Pins and Needles" on that year's Youngblood compilation. Atthow, McCormack and Medew briefly formed Automatic Graphic in 1988 with Scott Younger.[4]


Main article: Custard

In 1989, McCormack and Medew formed Custard Gun with Shane Brunn (later in Hugbubble, Vanlustbader) on drums and James Straker (later in Melniks).[5] After a number of performances, Straker left in early 1990, the band was renamed as Custard, and Straker was replaced at year's end by Matthew Strong on guitar.[1]

Custard existed for about a decade, with a number of different drummers including Gavin Herrenberg, John Lowry and Glenn Thompson, (later of The Go-Betweens). The band released five studio albums: Buttercup/Bedford, Wahooti Fandango, Wisenheimer, We Have the Technology and Loverama, a number of EPs and singles and a greatest hits compilation entitled Goodbye Cruel World.[6] A DVD video clip compilation called The Spaces by the Side of the Road – A Digital History of Custard was released in 2007.[7]

Other 1990s bands[edit]

McCormack was moonlighting in other bands during the 1990s, which formed in and around Custard's practice rooms. The Cows from 1993 (later styled as COW or C.O.W. – for Country Or Western) had Thompson and Robert Moore on bass guitar;[8] as well as Maureen Hansen on vocals, Susie Hansen on vocals and John Lowry on bass guitar by 1995.[9] COW released Beard in June 1996. In 2006, McCormack and Moore collaborated on a new COW single called "The Chicken Dance" with Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil on drums—50 copies were issued.

McCormack, Moore and Thompson recorded with Robert Forster (ex-The Go-Betweens) for his second solo album, Calling from a Country Phone, released in 1993 and toured with Forster as Silver Backwash.[1] Frank 'n' Stein from 1995 had Moore and McCormack join with his brother Dylan McCormack (ex-Biro) and Ian Wadley.[10] Miami, also from 1995, had Maureen Hansen (also in COW and McCormack's then girlfriend), Nick Naughton on drums and Medew.[11] Miami released two CDs: Costume of Sand (March 1997) and Feel the Seed (1998). Computor was another collaboration between McCormack and Moore,[12] which was electronic sounding and released a tape called Floppy Disk.

After Custard[edit]

After the break-up of Custard in 2000, McCormack formed The Titanics with his then wife Emma Tom (newspaper journalist for The Australian) and Thompson and film-maker, Tina Havelock-Stevens. The Titanics released Size Isn't Everything (2000) and Love Is The Devil (September 2000).

McCormack was one of the two weekly 'mystery' guests on the Australian television show RocKwiz on SBS One in March 2006.[13] McCormack appeared as the guest host of RocKwiz in January 2009.[14]

In 2007 he recorded a cover version of Streets of Your Town for the film All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane.

Custard reformed for a concert on 10 December 2009, as part of the Queensland Proclamation Day, 150th Anniversary Celebrations.[15]

The Modern Day Lover[edit]

Following the break-up of The Titanics McCormack went solo, releasing a CD of electronic doodling called The Matterhorn (2001) then recruited a backing band called The Polaroids. David McCormack and The Polaroids have released two albums, Candy (2002) and The Truth About Love (2004) as well as a few singles and a DVD entitled Save Dave.

In November 2006, under the guidance of JJJ, McCormack assembled a band to perform a concert at the Tivoli in Brisbane as a tribute for the late Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens.

In early 2007, McCormack went into the studio to produce a tribute album to the Go-Betweens called Write Your Adventures Down. Sony BMG released the album.

In this period McCormack composed two film scores, one for Alex Proyas's Garage Days[16] in 2002 and the other for Daniel Krige's West in 2006 [17]

In October 2009, McCormack released Little Murders containing 20 tracks and running for almost an hour. The name comes from a 1969 film.

McCormack is a part owner of the Sonar Music composer collective and since 2009 has been responsible for many film and television scores includingThe Tall Man, Rake, Redfern Now, House Husbands, Wild Boys, and Blood Brothers.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane 'Custard' entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  2. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) McCormack, David entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) WHOS GERALD entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  4. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) AUTOMATIC GRAPHIC entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  5. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) CUSTARD GUN entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  6. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) CUSTARD entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  7. ^ Mathewson, Catriona (21 November 2007). "Cream of the Custard". The Courier-Mail (News Corporation). Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) COWS, THE entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  9. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) COW/ C.O.W (Country or Western) entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  10. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) FRANK ?N? STEIN) [sic] entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  11. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) MIAMI) entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  12. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) COMPUTER [sic] entry. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  13. ^ "RocKwiz". 2. Season 2. Episode 14. 11 March 2006. SBS Television. SBS One. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775746/. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  14. ^ "RocKwiz". Season 6. Episode 7. 17 January 2009. SBS Television. SBS One. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1406811/. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  15. ^ Mengel, Noel (10 October 2009). "Powderfinger and Custard pay homage to Queensland music". Brisbane Courier Mail. Retrieved 15 November 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Garage Days (2002) Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. []. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "West (2007) Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010.