We played two fine venues in Geelong and Ballarat on thursday and friday. Both towns that had been on our list to never set foot in again due to the population of music lovers therein ignoring our presence there on several occasions. They could have it!
A new album a new book , a new agent and we were again walking onto a stage in both joints. people who do come to shows in these regional centres are always up for a good time so its rarely a total bust. Both Nights were pretty riotous rave ups actually. I did a reading from my book in both venues which is a new thing. A bit of an intrusion into the normal flow of things. A challenge to me and to the audience to make it work or to let it work.
The opening act in geelong was a bunch of teens called the Murlocs who got that "Nuggets " sound that so many strive so hard for, so absolutely perfectly. they have a great drummer and guitarist ( the oldest at 21). bass player and singer. the latter is called Ambrose and he has the louche poise, the wayward fringe, the high Keith Relf like tone in his voice and incredible chops on the harmonica. I hope they can stay together to record something. Who knows?
Stayed the night in Geelong to make some pr stops the next day. Went into a t shirt and geek shop to pass some time. Learned much from the proprietor. Young blokes in the area and down to the coast are mad for that Nuggets sound. Shirts with Brian Jones on walk out of the store. The guitarist of the frowning clouds sits in a corner of an Indian restaurant where he plays sitar all night. Bowie shirts are selling to young women. Smiths shirts sell but not Morissey. River Phoenix from 'stand by me" sells but not from "my own private idaho". Shirts related to "the Big lebowski" sell by the van load. I am told that young stoners int he area watch the Big Lebowski "10 times a month" and they talk in lines from the film! I bought a t shirt with Lou Reeds "sally can't dance" cover and Clare copped a Bowie.
We both wanted a BIG BANG THEORY related t with Sheldon on it but there were too many to choose from.
We moved onto Ballarat where I did an interview on the afternoon show on Victorian ABC.
The show in Ballarat was so cold the audience had overcoats, beanies and gloves on . And it was inside!
The following night we played at the Northcote Social Club. WE are playing as a 5 piece with Mark Fitzgibbon on keys. Go Go Sapien opened the show with a preview of their new video clip for "altered ego". They all dressed in white , the drummer had headwear normally reserved for people working at a damaged nuclear facility. Cal on guitar had an Aztec feathered mask. Em and the bass player looked almost normal and Will the singer had a giant white furry shape over his whole head.
They were very strong and powerful and dynamic. A great band.
The audience were very psyched for our show and we had an absolute ball. The reading raised the tension and the screams and we kicked it home.
This week we are in Hobart which I expect to be colder than Ballarat which is of course , built on the side of a witches tit.
Saturday 14th May- the Republic Bar- Hobart.Special guets- Hey Mook.
Thursday 19th May -3pm Better Read Than Dead Book Signing
265 King St, Newtown
Wed 18th May- reading event at the Seymour Centre -Sydney writers fest-7pm
19/05 Thursday - Notes, Newtown
20/05 Friday - The Vault, Windsor
21/05 Saturday - Coogee Diggers
22/05 Sunday - Clarendon Guesthouse-- Katoomba
Sat 23rd may -1001 australian nights -POPCORN TAXI Event at Bondi Cinema 7pm
Monday 23rd May - 7.30pm Ariel Booksellers Launch.
42 Oxford Street PADDINGTON NSW 2021
26/05 Thursday Lizotte’s – Dee Why
27/05 Friday Lizotte’s – Kincumber
28/05 Saturday Lizotte’s - Newcastle
Monday 30th May - Maitland Library READING
480 High Street, Maitland
Thurs 2nd June Gollan Hotel 73 Keen st Lismore
Friday 3rd June Jubilee Hotel - Brisbane
Saturday 4th June SOL BAR, Maroochydore QLD
Sunday 5th June- Great Northern - Byron bay-Ph: 02 6685 6454
Saturday June 11 in the courtyard of Happy Yess Arts Inc Darwin
Friday 17th June Westernport Hotel - San Remo Victoria
Saturday 18th June- Baha Tacos - Rye Victoria
Friday 24th June the Loft Warrnambool Vic
Sat 25th June- the Wheatsheaf Hotel - Adelaide
Sunday 26th June- Semaphore Workers Club- SA
Thursday 30th June- Transit Bar - Canberra
Sunday 3rd July- Williamstown RSL
- 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