dave graney is a working musician. A very rare bird.

dave graney is  a working musician. A very rare bird.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

FEARFUL WIGGINGS at itunes for pre-order. Only $13.99

pre order FEARFUL WIGGINGS - 3 extra tracks for $13.99

FEARFUL WIGGINGS is out in May .

itunes version will contain three extra exclusive tracks. If you pre-order it it will cost only $13.99.

Click here to pre-order the album

An album preview show will be at the Workers Club in Melbourne May 2nd.

Tour dates nationally in June, July and August.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stu Thomas Paradox sings LEE HAZLEWOOD - March 22 in Melbourne (last night)

Here are some photos from the Stu Thomas Paradox sings LEE HAZLEWOOD show March 22nd at the Flying saucer Club. Stu dressed the stage with some paintings he'd done. He approached this seriously and meticulously!

Stu Thomas also plays bass with the mistLY. His voice was perfect for Lee. Sometimes his register was so low it was like he was showing off.

 The show was all about LEE. Only one or two of the LEE and NANCY SINATRA hits. A fanstastic song he did with Ann Margaret called SLEEP IN THE GRASS.

Clare Moore was on keys and vocals. Amazing performance and playing. Skills!

 Phill Collings played so deftly and quietly. Setting the tempo and shifting the gears. What a  pro!

Eduardo Miller played the bass. In a very happy frame of mind as he learned the Sts were in the lead in the football.

It was a punt by Stu. Just wanted to actually play all the songs and not worry about accentuating the HITS or whatever. People were there who were HIP to the material. A real night for music LOVERS.

Here's a Lee song they did "PRAY THEM BARS AWAY"

and another- "After six"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hello Comrades- been a while - some stuff will be happening soon...

2014 is marching on at quite a pace. I've been sitting on this new album since the start of the year, keen to get it out and start working.
The record is quite arty and minimalist, yet pop. I started it in early 2013 by putting down a lot of ideas on acoustic guitar. No actual songs in mind. No choruses or arrangements. I was trying not to think of the END, how they would  shape up. As it happens, they didn't change much.
I did the guitar with Idge at Soundpark. Then I ran into Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance at a film music event.

She invited me to record some vocals at her studio in the country. I think she imagined I'd turn up with a song or two but I had 14 on my hard drive.

She had these beautiful mics in her studio with deluxe valve reverbs. I was just singing in the room, with no headphones. Lisa sitting and advising her engineer about EQ and effects. An amazing experience.

I was there for a day and a half.

The rest of 2013 I was busy with the Dames, Wam and Daz and Harry Howard and the NDE.

I worked on it the rest of the year.  It's coming out in May. 13 tracks. I play guitars, bass, keys and made up some beats. Clare Moore played vibes, bass xylophone and sang on it a  lot.
I also had Nick Harper play guitar on two songs.


Nick's father is Roy Harper.A noted British musician.

Funny, I'd been listening to tons of UK folk from that 60s / 70s period and Nick reached out to me from deep within it. He'd grown up with all those figures around the house. I sang a song on Nick's album and he played on two songs on my album. He's a demon on guitar.
I was very humbled and amazed to see his cd , "Riven" was dedicated to Killing Joke - and myself!

Lisa was great to work with, however briefly. It had  a great impact on me. And my music. We'd been aware  of Dead Can Dance since their beginning - and before- in the early 80s Melbourne scene. We probably went to their first ever shows and saw Lisa play solo gigs at pubs like the Rising Sun In Swan st Richmond. We saw them again at their Melbourne show in 2013, thirty years later.

I spoke to a  friend in the UK and he urged me to get the record mastered properly. I looked up the figures who had mastered recent records I loved and did it with Roger Siebel in Phoenix Arizona, because I love the sounds on those last two Bill Callaghan albums.

We're going to be doing some shows soon. All around the place. Doing more of a set that chimes with this album.

Friday May 2nd we are previewing the album at the Workers Club in Melbourne
July 20 and 21st we are at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide.  More dates to come.

A single , with accompanying video, for a song called "everything was legendary with Robert" will be Monday March 24th.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 so far - singles, albums, DAMES - JOHNNY GHOST - NDE - WAM and DAZ. More to come.

I started this year by  releasing some digital singles....

I've been doing some shows with the mistLY as well. Been to Adelaide and played around Melbourne.

All the while, the DAMES album was going to be coming out, and that involved rehearsals and gigs. Still going on. Been very enjoyable sitting off to the side playing guitar.
I also made this video for a song from the album, focussing on some of Clare moore's obsessions. Monstertrucks, demolition derbies, apocalyptic abandoned theme parks and the like. It was for the song JUNK TIME...

I also put out a Bandcamp only album of a show we did in 2006 at the Butterfly Club. A "narrative show". POINT BLANK. I was going to do it as one long file but the site couldn't take anything of that size so its two files. Roughly thirteen songs. All written by me and around the story of the heroic battles a performer must take part in to WIN the small piece of stage he wants to live on.

This clip will give you an idea of what the show was like. NO MICS. Just singing into the room.

This Black and White clip is from different season of the show.

I'll be putting up the sequel to POINT BLANK, LIVE IN HELL.  pretty soon.

There was also the BandCamp release of THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE MOVIE JOHNNY GHOST by Donna McRae.  A film which Donna has pushed around the world and, after more than a year , may get an Australian screening soon! (Its been very inspiring watching Donnas committment to the film.)

In the midst of this we rehearsed and recorded an album for Harry Howard and the NDE.
At the session Clare and I LEARNED six or so songs just before they were recorded. (I play the bass) It was an intense couple of days. the album is very, very good. Harrys songs are stellar. Edwina is a formidable performer. We're playing a lot of shows. Hopefully into 2014 and also hopefully to Europe. I shot this clip on my toy video camera and edited it in iMovie.

I have also been continuing to work on my SOLO album I started in January. This will come out in 2014. There was also the debut of WAM and DAZ. The rap duo I have with Will Hindmarsh from Go Go Sapien. A single will be coming out before the end of the year. Probably called PHONEY BALONEY (porn on the phone) . We have recorded about 8 songs.

Saturday Nov 16th, dave graney and the mistLY will be playing A DAY ON THE GREEN in Kings Park Perth WA w/ Hoodoo Gurus,You Am I and the Whitlams.
Friday Nov 22nd harry Howard and the NDE - THE METRO HOTEL IN ADELAIDE
Thursday Nov 28th THE DAMES will be playing at the RETREAT HOTEL in Sydney Rd Brunswick.
Saturday 7th December THE DAMES will be at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond.

Sunday 8th December Dave Graney will be playing solo w/ the Crown of Thorns at the Northcote Social Club (afternoon)

Friday 13th Decemberthe DAMES will be at the RED RATTLER in MARRICKVILLE, Sydney on a great double bill with HARRY HOWARD and the NDE.

Saturday 14th December the DAMES will be at the HERITAGE HOTEL in BULLI on a great double bill with Jodi Phillis and the Glammarays

Dec 21st WAM and DAZ take on the Edinburgh Castle in Melbourne

Sunday 19th January the DAMES will be at the POST OFFICE HOTEL - sydney rd Coburg..
THE DAMES IN BRISBANE - Friday. (night) 21st February 2014 Queen St. Mall
Saturday (day) 22nd February 2014: Queen St. Mall
Sunday (approx. 3pm) 23rd February 2014: Powerhouse.

This photo is from a show at the VANGUARD in Sydney earlier in the year. My guitar strap broke mid song and fell to DEE DEE RAMONE levels. As you can see it made my head expand terribly and also my hands. Like I'm in that SUPERGRASS clip.

Friday, October 11, 2013

our label - COCKAIGNE - has a blog as well. details of latest releases on Bandcamp and other outlets


We've been releasing albums on this imprint since 2000.
First with Shock and then with MGM and Fuse distribution.


The latest release is POINT BLANK which is on Bandcamp only.

Also , the DAMES , which is available digitally for $15 or with a physical cd as well for $20.


It would be a  funny turn of events if we were to ever release anything on vinyl. That scene, to me , is a sad prank on musicians at this stage. But who knows?

The name comes from a mediaeval legend where houses were made of cakes and trees grew sausages. Subject of a couple of famous paintings by Brueghel.

The theme was picked up by others. (people were hungry!) and resurfaced in folk songs like "Big Rock Candy Mountain"

Next releases- (early November) will be the soundtrack to the movie JOHNNY GHOST and the sequel narrative show to POINT BLANK which was LIVE IN HELL.


Saturday Oct 26th, dave graney and the mistLY will be playing a show at the Post Office Hotel in Sydney rd COBURG.
Sunday Nov 3rd THE DAMES will be playing at the WHEATSHEAF HOTEL in Adelaide.
Friday 13th December the DAMES will be at the RED RATTLER in MARRICKVILLE, Sydney on a great double bill with HARRY HOWARD and the NDE
Saturday 14th December the DAMES will be at the HERITAGE HOTEL in BULLI on a great double bill with Jodi Phillis.

THE DAMES album is out now on Cockaigne - playing adelaide at the wheatsheaf nov 3rd and Sydney at the Red Rattler Dec 13th

I played some guitar on the album and am playing on all the gigs.

THE DAMES started as a way for Clare Moore and Kaye Patterson to combine their songs in one setup. Clare and I had mixed Kayes album , "International Travel"in 2006.

Rosie Westbrook joined on bass.

The first gigs were as a trio and this really suited Kayes songs. The recordings were begun in 2010. Clares songs needed a few more textures as she built up her songs in the studio from her keyboards.
So by 2012 Will Hindmarsh (from Go Go Sapien) was involved on laptop and synth/keys and I was playing some guitar.

Late in 2012 the DAMES did a gig in Melbourne opening for Barry Adamson. Barry was an old friend from the Magazine days and also when he was in the first version of the Bad Seeds. Barry loved the songs and , upon returning to the UK, suggested he could mix the album. This happened .

The first track on the album is one of Clares called ALL MINE.
We'd been doing some music for a film by Michael Vale and Donna McRae and they offered to make a  clip. The result was a  deluxe video shot at Monash with a  great cameraman called Lazlo - who also devised the brilliant lights. 

Michael and Donna did all the art design and involved the actors and had the general horror/ noir idea down.
They really had a  thing for gloves.

and we got into the swing of it...

The second song on the album is Wait, a lovely pop groove from Kaye.

Then there's Eve from Clare. A song about the female character from IRONSIDE.Clare plays everything on this track.

Dudley is an instrumental from Kaye. Dedicated to Dudley Moore

Then Clare covers a Beverley Martyn song called Auntie Aviator - featuring myself on acoustic 12 string guitar and Matt Walker on some brilliant electric slide guitar. and Kaye gives us English Life.

Clare then takes us back to tv world with her paen to a  character from Angel called THE GROOSALUGG. The music was written by Stu Thomas.

The album continues with another instrumental from Kaye. 5468-JUMP. The title alludes to the time signatures the song moves through.

Then there is Kaye's epic CANYON with guitar heroics from guest player ASHLEY NAYLOR.

The album closes with Clares JUNKTIME. This song  first appeared on WE WUZ CURIOUS in 2008. Music by Clare and lyrics by me.

Shows have been going well. Castlemaine and Melbourne so far. We visit Adelaide Nov 3rd at the Wheatsheaf. Then Sydney at the Red rattler w/ Harry Howard and the NDE Dec 13th and the Heritage Hotel in Bulli w/ Jodi Phillis Dec 14th.
BRISBANE! BRISBANE -  Friday. (night) 21st February 2014 Queen St. Mall
                      Saturday (day) 22nd February 2014: Queen St. Mall
                      Sunday (approx. 3pm) 23rd February 2014: Powerhouse

THE DAMES have a facebook page of course https://www.facebook.com/thedamesmusic

The album is also available here http://thedames.bandcamp.com/ where the album can be a $15 digital copy or $20 for digital and a cd.

It is also available at itunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-dames/id691737894

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

singles and rarities available via paypal

We have some singles and albums available in very limited quantities.These are in cd format- not vinyl. Other rarities will be posted from time to time
As Max Miller was wont to say "there'll never be another!"

VERY limited number of this full length cd from 1998.A CLASSIC! Jewel case cover. This album is OUT ON ITS OWN!
read the story of this album

The excellent single from this album is also available in limited quantities. "Your masters must be pleased with you" comes in a jewel case cd format.

Handmade/hand printed single of "are we goin' too fast for love?" from 2001.

Hand made / hand printed single for MIDNIGHT TO DAWN from 2003.

Jewel case cd single from 1997. The last single from the Coral Snakes period. Comes with a "scratch'n'sniff" perfume tester card inside the case.

The original jewel case cd single cover for this single.