Singled Out: The Custodian's Necessary Wasted Time

Today Richard Thomson from U.K. prog rockers The Custodian tells us about the title track from their brand new debut album, "Necessary Wasted Time". Here is the story:

So this song I think is the most important song lyrically for me on the album, as it sums up the entire writing process. Looking back on this now, the basic meaning of the title is a rather childish observation of "wanting to be able to do what you want to do all the time instead of having responsibilities".

During the initial creation of the music that appears on the album, I was working a really high stress job for a pay that didn't nearly match the pure anguish I was having to deal with on a daily basis. I would start real early and get back real late, so as soon as id had a very modest gym session to de-stress and de-fat, I would have about 2 hours left in the evening to eat and hopefully, write some music. Or do anything productive at all for that matter. I saw my job obviously, as utterly necessary for my continued survival but still got mad at it for cutting into my "me" quite time so severely. This album was all that mattered and I got incredibly frustrated when I wasn't able to contribute to it.

At one point it became pretty awful and it seemed that I had permanently cut all fun from my life. Every weekend, evening and small morsel of free time was consumed with the writing process. In all honesty it started to become a little obsessive. I barely saw my housemate and tended to be moody and snappy when I did bump into him which I'm sure he appreciated greatly (sorry Sam). I never saw my friends and constantly forgot to call any of my family members back when they felt like having a chat with their distant, surly butthole of a son. Oh yeah and my girlfriend left me too which was entirely expected. (get out your tiny violins). In hindsight I should of left her first and retained some pride. Strangely, the songwriting process became easier after that. Id hate to subscribe to the cliché that being in a strangely (for me anyway) emotional funk can lead to creativity but hey, it worked for me.

So I guess that's about it. The entire album was written over about a year's period in a tiny bedroom in Warwickshire. The process was solitary and a bit isolating but social skills CAN be re-learnt with no huge conscious effort it turns out. The album is being released professionally by Laser's Edge and I couldn't be happier with the result. Its just a shame it took 5 years from the completion of the material for it to appear on the store shelves. I guess I just had a lot of necessary time to waste before then!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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