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.
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.
- 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
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Single album HASHISH available as a digital release