Sunday nights playing at the Retreat in Brunswick area bit of a treat. One of those rooms that gets a great sound. (No place for trembling acoustic turns though- you would be EATEN by the CHAMBER!). People come to the place to sit and listen to MUSIC and thats a thing to be marvelled at and encouraged in this crude, fly by night world.
The amazing Go Go Sapien did a set first. All dressed in white. Drums,bass, guitars times two and keys. All singing. Springsteen-esque pop arrangements with stunning, dynamic block chords and big choruses. Will can only write classics. Emily is a powerful , engaging presence, the rhythm section turns on a dime for the complex arrangements and Call Walker places cool licks and turnarounds and solos at will where they have most effect, and sings , all the while dressed in a white knee length kaftan/hospital dressing gown. Something (off) white (and crumpled) anyway. They all carry it off so well. Can't fail to be a name dropped by many trendy lips within the next few MONTHS!
Then we did a long set from 9:00 to 10 :45 or so.
I was playing my 12 string OLP. I love my OLP. It passed the test. So LOUD, though the sound has a PLANGENT quality. And you know that is needed sometimes. I need it all the time now. It melds with Stus Rickenbacker in a most pleasant way.
I turned around and was shocked to see Stu Thomas wearing white sunglasses a la Corey. Stu is a fashion daredevil.
We played about five brand new , unrecorded songs and they have now all passed , unscathed, and emboldened into this dimension. We have to run them around the fields a few more times before recording. Some have very delicate dynamics. Highly strung though. Suspended, augmented , flattened, sharpened AND diminished in the chordal voicings. Going for TUNES , grooves and choruses. Two guitars , bass and drums. MIDNIGHTS CATS, I DON'T WANNA KNOW MYSELF, MT GAMBIER NIGHT, PLAYIN' CHICKEN (thats a song about playing another song- rock'n'roll is where I hide) and FIELD RECORD ME were the tunes we let fly with. All peppered through the set. We continue to rehearse and arrange the stuff .
A few years ago I was talking to a keyboard payer and asked about how he chose the notes he was playing. He told me he had once had a teacher who just sat at the keyboard and said to him , "JUST GRAB HANDFULLS OF THE SHIT!"
I found this to be incredibly inspiring and use it as my credo for writing and recording and performing music. I grab handfulls of the shit. We did a song on "we wuz curious" called " crime and underwear". It was a song about losing your voice or you ability to articulate things ar at least, your conviction. I sing " I used to sit at the table and grab handfulls of the shit! I COULD grab handfulls of the shit! Now I dunno- my reach is longer but my hands are soft! Its like I know what I'm touchin' and it spooks me! All I knew was the beginning- now I'm fixed on the end! i was hurlin' thunderbolts at will!"
It was a song about turning the corner.Artistically.The world our music goes into, thats another story that I cant really influence. Playing shows in clubs to people who come along and take a ride with you for a while. Even though you're grabbing handfulls of the shit and throwing out a lot of new stuff, thats great!
We'll be back at the Retreat on Sunday 28th March at 9pm again
- dave graney
- WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.
2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail
you've been in my mind
June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp
SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL
also available as a digital album
Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20
available as a digital album too
We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20
UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album
Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25
UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release