Clare "Mooresy" Moore, slamming the drums, Stu "thommo" Thomas pumping the bass , Stuart "pez" Perera blazing his left handed Rickenbacker and Dave "david" Graney chiming his chinese made electric 12 string. dave graney and the mistLY come from the clouds. An abstract songwriter with a band who can lay down a crude and filthy boogie, they play few ballads. Its all on the UpBeat. They are not a green band. Not ecologically minded. They like throwaway, ephemeral stuff. Silly, goofy and stupid being more highly prized than worthiness and classicism. They like suspense. Suspension. Flat fives also. Dave Graneys fave movie of 2012 is the Farrelly Bros "the three stooges".
Dave Graney is
associated with words and stories but people coming to the mistLY shows
get a spectacular twin guitar and groove jam. Stuart Perera on the
Rickenbacker has skills and chops like no other. This ain't indie rock!
Clare Moore and Stu Thomas on drums and bass set up a rhythm section
like nothing else on the scene. High energy all around.
been playing in dinner and show joints but the plates are shaking , the
wine glasses are cracking and the clothes are getting ruined with the
dancing and the only thing that fits is the weird chordings that help
people digest all that posh food. So dave graney and the mistLY are
playing in a music place- forget the food. The Red Rattler in
Marrickville. With their pals from far western sydney - the Holy Soul.
(actually theres a great kebab trailer just outside-good enough for the
late night cab drivers!)
How do they fit in the current scene?
Its like Steely Dan or Little Feat was out there playing the circuit!
For real! Its a West Coast thing!
new album "you've been in my mind" out on Cockaigne (Cock21) and live dates are happening NOW....
Friday Oct 19th - The Red Rattler- Marrickville NSW w/ the holy soul
Saturday Oct 20th - The Paperback Sessions - Smiths Alternative Bookshop - Civic -Canberra solo show with a reading
(yeah, on the way home, dave is stoppin' to do a solo show/ reading at this great new venue in Canberra)
a great new clip for "we need a champion" here.Made by young Melbourne
film maker Nick Cowans. Its a dance off a la SOUL TRAIN. Dave Graney
wins because he wrote the song and rigged the whole thing to drop his
This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria
dave graney and the mistLY are out on tour behind their new disc "you've been in my mind" . Its a rock'n'roll set powered
by drums ,bass, 12 and 6 string electric guitars and lashings of vocals. Dave calls it "west coast" in its chordings and beats
as thats the kind of 70s rock he was raised in. We are talking about Love and the Doors and the Byrds kind of "west coast".
like "flash in the pantz", "blues negative", "cop this,sweetly"
,"midnight cats" and "playin' chicken". The album is upbeat and taut but
includes "quiet storm" moments like "lifes a dream" and "I'm not the guy I tried to be". Out now on itunes and in the shops.
see a video of "Mt Gambier Night" here http://youtu.be/VBjAuttiOto
all worth the evening — busted shoes, city munters, a missing
twenty-dollar note — when the band finish the main set with Mt Gambier
Night, distilling all of The MistLY’s exercises in poise and restraint
into four compressed minutes. It’s exceptionally beautiful: still quite
pop, but with a layered density.
After pretending they’re not
going to do an encore, Graney & co close the night with Rock &
Roll is Where I Hide. It crackles over with dangerous energy, Graney
delivering his prose with a sneering cadence, and it hits its theme too
well: Tinker-Tailor-Spy, this is not a real person you’re looking at.
It isn’t exactly so much fun as essential: merci, comrades… " Dermot Clarke - Offstreet Press - Brisbane August 2012
see a video of the "flash in the pantz" via youtube here... http://youtu.be/fYswivN8rXk
see a video of the recording session here http://youtu.be/_-xKwLzUkgs
Photos from a recent Adelaide show via the Au Review
Podcast of a recent interview with Dave Graney on Radio National
Genius UK comedian Stewart Lee reviews YBIMM for the Sunday Times
older the listener gets the more sense the gnomic beatnik platitudes of
Dave Graney, the Lee Hazelwood of suburban Melbourne, make; functional
philosophy, crooned over coiled leads and funk-footed rhythms.
his punk past, and his subsequent immersions in the various genre
fictions of country, lounge and songwriter styles, Graney sculpts the
slick Seventies rock of his youth, unsentimentally anatomized in the
pin-sharp recitation Mt Gambier Nights, into a series of sparkling
Ventriloquising various delusional deadbeats, or
hidden in deep cover self-mythologising, Graney quietly releases another
late career classic into the wild".
the songs are superb: ‘Flash In The Pantz’, ‘We Need A Champion’, ‘Cop
This, Sweetly”, the weirdly nostalgic ‘Mt Gambier Night’, the
aforementioned ‘King Of The Dudes’ and the self-effacing closer ‘I’m Not
The Guy I Tried To Be’ are all vintage DG nuggets. As ever, Graney
disperses sneering “ooh”s and lascivious “mmm”s between his savage
witticisms, all the while playing the jazziest 12-string electric guitar
since Roger McGuinn’s ‘Eight Miles High’ Coltrane-isms. The top-notch
accompaniment is likewise a familiar delight, with Clare Moore
effortlessly switching between rhythm patterns, Stu Thomas – who might
just be one of the finest white bass players in this land – maintaining
the swing, and Stu Perera taking his left-handed Rickenbacker for a walk
in areas Nels Cline has yet to tread.
Never a flash in the pan, Dave
Graney again proves he isn’t the kind of an artist who’ll be on your
mind after you’ve absorbed his tonne-weighing shtick. Instead, he’ll be
in your mind".
Denis Semchenko - The BRAG
mixed, with help from engineer Andrew “Idge” Hehir, the performances are
mostly live, not overdubbed, reassuringly-immediate and seemingly in
thrall to ’70s production values, as if Tony Visconti was at the desk in
their Brunswick studio. The piercing sustain of the guitars is thin and
trebly, while the choruses of ‘I’m Not the Guy I Try To Be’, ‘Field
Record Me’ and ‘Cop This Sweetly’ - great titles, as usual - flow in a
wash of harmonies that could have come from Bowie and Osterburg’s own
throats in Hansa Studios in 1976; the latter track even ending with
desperate yelps like The Idiot’s ‘Funtime’.
While the first half is
upbeat and mid-paced, the second drops to a slower, dreamier cadence.
Songs like ‘Playing Chicken’, ‘I’m Not the Guy I Try to Be’ and
‘Midnight Cats’ are made for the early hours. The spoken-word ‘Mt
Gambier Nights’ is autobiography melded with dry observation, quoting
William Blake to an evocative backdrop of staccato guitar reverb.
is a seductive and comfortably re-playable collection of dependable
material, boding well for an extensive national tour this month".
by Aaron Curran MESS AND NOISE
Please ring Karen Conrad on 0400 527 365 or email email@example.com for more info/hi-res pics/interviews.
- 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