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2022 ROCK album with Clare Moore IN A MISTLY to be released 11-11-22 WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Available at shows or via website. 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 Dickey Betts, John Cippolina or Grant Green - but not in this lifetime, I know.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Dave Graney and Clare Moore TANG - single from forthcoming album IN A MISTLY



We have a new single coming out called TANG . Its from an album that will be released 11-11-22 on Compact Disc and digitally called IN A MISTLY.

Yes, 11-11-22.  We thought about industry standards of release times for vintage players, (or any kind of player) was it too soon for us to bring out an album? Was it the right time of year?

Then we realized it could be coming out on 11-11-22!
11th-11th – Gough Whitlam dismissed and Ned Kelly Hanged!
Perfect TANG!

I wrote it during the long Melbourne lockdown when Clare Moore and I were doing regular online shows - 130 to date - and churning through a lot of material. It really kept us in shape for playing and learning, adapting, arranging, writing and recording music.

I started out with two chords, a C and an F. Both containing B and E notes in them. Then I worked out a change from A# to Ab to A and the chords wanted to be played in a really "new wave" style . All down strokes wth the pick. On the beat. I had been playing my guitar with an MXR Phase 100 pedal as I really wanted to get the sound that Keith Richard had on the Stones album  Some Girls in 1977/8. That was their reaction to punk and their last really great album. 

I thought it should have a really propulsive, straight ahead beat like those 70s German new wave bands and the bass a lot like the early Cure. 

We started to rehearse it with our band, the mistLY, but the travel restrictions got in the way of rehearsing, let alone recording. In 2021 we started recording but this was one of a bunch of songs that needed a band approach. Guitar, drums, bass and vocals. So we didn't try it for the album we made that year - last year - Everything Was Funny - as that was more about songs than a sound. More about recording experimentation as well.

At the end of the year the travel restrictions eased and we booked a couple of days at Soundpark. It was mid December and everybodys availability was then being caught up with seasonal things, as they do at that time. So it turned out that not everybody in the band was available and the studio was also being heavily booked into the following year as well (as people came out of lockdown in the same state of mind - eager to record) but I was writing more songs all the time and I just wanted to get stuff down so Clare Moore and I went in and recorded a lot of material with drums, guitars and bass and vibes and piano.


TANG was one of the songs from that session.



In late March we got together with Stu and Stuart and recorded four songs for the album. Four that we had first rehearsed a year or two previously. 


Dave Graney - vocals, bass, electric twelve and six string and fuzz guitars.
Clare Moore – drums, piano and backing vocals.
Will Hindmarsh (aka Twinkledigitz and head Go Go Sapien) - backing vocals.
Recorded  at Soundpark in Melbourne December 13th 2021 (engineer Andrew “Idge” Hehir ).  Mixed  by Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Ponderosa January to August 2022.
 Mastered by Gerry McGough.
Cover image by Tony Mahony.
A new wave beat with fuzzed and clean guitars.
Worrying, dischordant chords phased and downstroked. Chorused bass. Blocked piano.
Upbeat though, full of mad energy. Tang!
all tanged up! Nowhere to go! The mouth all silted up! Closed!”
Whats it about? Screen life. Screened life. Virtualized stuff.
TANG - loaded up with TANG
tanged to the gills
but I ain’t in the water
I’m in the TANG - full of TANG

Written by Dave Graney. - Copyright Control
First single from the 2022 rock album IN A MISTLY which is to be released 11-11-22.
Preorder the album here.



Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Live dates in Qld and NSW

 Our shows in Adelaide went well. We played at the Trinity Sessions which is a church on Goodwood road. A still functioning church which does a lot of community events and yes, hosts and presents gigs by contemporary music people, like us.

It sounded pretty deluxe in tehre and we played two sets. At the end people stood up and gave us an ovation! That was not the usual thing. It was nice, though.

People mentioned lyrical things like my mentioning old time footballers Bob Shearman and Tracy Braidwood in our song I Was No Captain

A man came from the Yorke Peninsula with about twenty album slicks for us to sign. A farmer, he had last been able to see us in 2002. 

Another fellow mentioned he grew up near me and mentioned the street name and that my father Noel had painted their house once.

Yes, it gets pretty intimate in South Australia.

We got to hear the mastered version of our new album on the way home. Its sounding pretty great. The engineer said he would put it through his boutixue gear and give it a "real 1978 sheen". "That will be great!" I said. 

Yes, it's a rocker. It will be called In A Mistly or inamistly. However the letters are drawn or fall. Still waiting for the cover art.  It'll be a Dave Graney and Clare Moore album, though the mistLY - Stu Thomas on bass and Stuart Perera on guitar - play on four tracks. Clare and I play everything on the other eight save for some fantastic sax from Dave Wray. He plays on three songs. Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett sing on another song. 

The title - inamistly - is a nod to an early jazz composition from Bix Beiderbecke, In A Mist

Mostly its a nod to our great band mates Stu and Stuart who really kick it on the four tracks they appear on. So its Dave Graney and Clare Moore,  inamistly

These dates coming up are our final run of shows to bring EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY to people. 

photo Bleddyn Butcher

Thursday August 18th Solidarity Culture Club - Goleby's is BYO so bring your supplies - corkage is included in the ticket price.
Golebys BasementWest Street (underneath Art Time Supplies)- Top of Town - Ipswich
This is a great community minded venue. 

Friday August 19th - Doo Bop Basement, Brisbane101 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000.  7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Saturday August 20th . Hotel Imperial, Eumundi. A deluxe band room at Eumundi , just inland from the Sunshine Coast. 

 photo Bleddyn Butcher

Friday August 26th Stag And Hunter - Newcastle, NSW. A great band room in a great music town

Saturday August 27th WAUCHOPE ARTS HALL. Wauchope Community Arts Hall

Oxley Lane, (opposite Bain Park), Wauchope NSW 2446.

Saturday September 10th Finding Fillmores, Kiama, NSW. A great , innovative venue in an inventive space behind some main street buildings and up a back alley in this town on a beautiful coast in NSW.
Unit 2/38-40 Manning St, Kiama.

Portland Arts Centre, 4A Glenelg Street, Portland Victoria.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Live Dates in SA, Qld and NSW - new album coming

 We have some live shows coming up. Most dates are still launches for our album EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY which came out in October 2021. Not so long ago in rock years but an eternity in creative years - if you know what I mean. 

We had a great night launching EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY into Sydney at the GREAT in Marrickville in June and then travelled to Warrnambool and another (private) show in Sydney as well. We also had time to finish our next album. We also played our 129th online Live Stream show. I also got together a complete book of lyrics 1980-2022 which I hope to start working on with an editor soon. 

Firstly, these are our upcoming dates. They are all Dave Graney and Clare Moore shows. 

Friday August 12th at the Trinity Sessions in Adelaide. - A lovely venue in a church in Goodwood Road318 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park to be exact.

Saturday August 13th- two shows at the Three Brothers Arms 40-42 Venables Street , Macclesfield SA. Doors at 2:15 and 4:30pm.

Thursday August 18th Solidarity Culture Club - Goleby's is BYO so bring your supplies - corkage is included in the ticket price.
Golebys BasementWest Street (underneath Art Time Supplies)- Top of Town - Ipswich
This is a great community minded venue. 

Friday August 19th - Doo Bop Basement, Brisbane101 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000.  7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Saturday August 20th . Hotel Imperial, Eumundi. A deluxe band room at Eumundi , just inland from the Sunshine Coast. 

Friday August 26th Stag And Hunter - Newcastle, NSW. A great band room in a great music town

Saturday August 27th WAUCHOPE ARTS HALL. Wauchope Community Arts Hall

Oxley Lane, (opposite Bain Park), Wauchope NSW 2446.

Saturday September 10th Finding Fillmores, Kiama, NSW. A great , innovative venue in an inventive space behind some main street buildings and up a back alley in this town on a beautiful coast in NSW.
Unit 2/38-40 Manning St, Kiama.

Portland Arts Centre, 4A Glenelg Street, Portland Victoria.

Just so you know we drive to most venues in our own van, with our own gear and set up and play. 
We have an agent in New South Wales who finds us great places to perform within. Thats it. Also a digital distributor for our music to iTunes etc. Are we outsider artists? I would think we fit the bill. We manage ourselves. We record our own albums, playing everything on this one and manufacture them and release them through our own imprint. My second cousin took the cover photo for Everything Was Funny. We don't work with a  publishing company and own our own copyrights. We rarely get played on Australian radio or television and even more rarely get  reviewed or mentioned in what remains of any music media. We play more widely and more often than most artists of our vintage or of younger years. Just needed to say this. Also, we actually play music properly! 

We don't belong to anybody.

We do have a few music peers and appreciate the support of people who somehow have found our music and continue to do so. Thanks you, comrades! 

Our next album will hopefully come out this year. Its being mastered as I write this. Its a 12 track drums, bass, electric guitars and vocals album. A total rock set that is as strong as some of my favourite such as Urge Overkills SATURATION or Queens Of the Stone Ages ERA VULGARIS or the Replacements ALL SHOOK DOWN. I mean , it doesn't let up! Can't wait for people to hear it! Tell your mates in bands to give up! 

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Live Dates for June and July NSW Victoria and SA


Hello comrades, so the election was great! We got rid of so much ugly fat!

Meanwhile, the Covid19 pandemic rolls on. People want it to be over but it can't be wished away. We have been fully vaxed and wear masks in public in our daily lives and when we do shows. We take an our own mics and also an air purifier on to the stage and into motel rooms. Taking it seriously. I don't want to get it.

We have done some great shows in recent times. Last week at a lovely community theatre in Emerald in the hills of Melbourne  and at a winery in the Barossa. The latter was with the mistLY. Myself and Clare with Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera on bass and guitar for the first time in a year. We played two sets with just a half a rehearsal and had a fantastic time. Driving there through the Barossa after a night in Murray Bridge was beautiful. We drove back through Renmark and Mildura for a change of scenery. Hey, Victoria is dark and lonely in the northern part of the Wimmera. Very little phone coverage too. 



We have also played in Geelong and Ballarat at more traditional type venues. We launched Everything Was Funny in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club on a Sunday night. That room sounds great and we brought our people and sounds to it for a special night. A rare gig for us in our home town.

I have been putting together a book of lyrics from 1980-2022 for a project. I have gotten it all together, with some notes as to chords and general thoughts as to what I was thinking about. I want it to be a simple looking thing with text only. Like something produced during a wartime rationing period. I hadn't really approached any of the Moodists music from this direction and got a feeling that I'd love to present some of the material somehow. A reunion of the band is not really on the cards due to various physical constraints on a couple of people but Clare and I have a vague idea to do a  "play the Moodists" type show. In doing the text for the book I came across this clip of a song from 1980. It was the b side of Where The Trees Walk Downhill and the actual title was I Should Have Been Here. It was when we were really vibing on the Postcard records scene as well as Vic Godard and the Fall. A year later we went down a very different sonic path.

David McClymont , who played bass in the later period of the Moodists, has a double vinyl LP out now on Late Night From Glasgow records

We have finished our rock'n'roll album and are still deciding when and how to release it. With the staggered nature of our live shows we are still doing launches for Everything Was Funny. This next album is equally as high quality but is much more of a drums, bass, guitars and vocals set. Its tough being a  musician and writer at any time but being vintage players who still write and produce stuff regularly is weird. Where and how do you pitch it? In a world where vintage players should be sad - we are not. Or when they should only be rootsy or play genres we are not. There's no one doing what we do here or anywhere else either so we can't be talked about as a local version of something from the real world. Its true. Graney got no Graney. 

There is also another album of less structured, more weird material inside my computer.

Then there  is the WAM AND DAZ Album which WAM is threatening to tie down (or up) and finish too.

And then there is the album I did with UK electro dynamo SCANNER which may come out at some point. It was started/finished in 2019-2021 but I have left it to him to schedule it. Its got a great vibe! Like a mad, cold, electro jazz session.

Clare Moore has been tutoring some young people on drums via the internet. Its been enlightening hearing of how high school age kids interact with music. Either deep dive obsessions on single, huge selling artists from the 70s or just music thats heard through games and gaming.

We have kept doing our live stream shows via Stage It this year but have kept it to Sunday morning sets to make it Saturday night in the UK and Saturday afternoon in the USA. Since summer finished and so daylight saving as well, this has seen us performing at 7am. This has been very enjoyable - and of course- weird! You sing in a register that is not available at other times, for instance. People join us from Wales, Lancashire, London, New York State, Oregon, Seattle, Los Angeles, Norway, Tasmania, Sydney and Abury. We play a different set each fortnight.

Our next online show is Sunday June 19th at 7am. This makes it 10pm Saturday UK time.

5pm Saturday USA EDT     4pm Saturday USA CDT     2pm Saturday USA PDT

There is no chance of watching it back. A small fee to access the site ($US5), A 50 minute set.

Ticket link here

Our live show sees Clare Moore using her Boosey and Hawkes AJAX model vibes - a small jazz set from the 50s as well as a Yamaha Reface keyboard, melodica and percussion, an audio interface with some simple (and some quite rich) rhythm tracks as well as a mellotron app which she accesses via an ancient ipad and plays through her keyboard. I play several electric guitars through my Vox amp head and  speaker box (a Fender , covered in marshall tolex and loaded with a  tech21 speaker) with some delay and Phase pedals. I have to have several guitars due to having used  multiple open tunings on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY. We are getting my speaker box fixed at the moment and Clares vibes are also in the shop. The low keys on the vibes are not ringing out which might mean some new keys being made to a mould. That is, some molten steel being poured into a mould and fired up and then bashed into tune by a blacksmith! Luckily we have a guy around the corner who can do all of this. The bonuses of being hillbillies. 


vibes, keys, ipad, vocals, air purifier, mic...

Upcoming shows....

Friday June 24th The Great - Marrickville
Saturday June 25th The Music Lounge in Wollongong Town Hall

Friday July 1st George Lane St Kilda
Sunday July 3rd Hotel Warrnambool (3pm show)
Saturday July 23rd Portland Arts Centre
Friday August 12th The Trinity Sessions - Adelaide

Saturday August 13th - the Three Brothers, Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills. 


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Grace Tame Is President - live links

Grace Tame Is President is the new collaboration I did with Plutonic Lab.


Any proceeds will be going to the Grace Tame Foundation.

Its available via Bandcamp.

It will also be available at Apple Music Friday April 8th

(all other digital portals as well).

I thought I'd collect some recent works from everybody involved.

Plutonic Lab

 Jodi Phillis

Penny Ikinger


 Anna Smyrk

Lisa Gibbs as part of USER


 Edwina Preston singing with Harry Howard and the NDE

Clare Moore and I are playing a live online stream this weekend

Online Show #123

10pm Saturday UK time

5pm Saturday USA EDT

4pm Saturday USA CDT

2pm Saturday USA PDT

7am Sunday Melbourne time

Playing deep cuts from our albums and choice covers from our heroes.

A live streaming set Melbourne Australia. Drums, guitars, vibes, keys, vocals and other instruments when needed from our studio. Every second Sunday morning an 8am show to make it Saturday afternoon and evening in the USA and UK/Europe. Each show is unique and happens in the moment - no chance of watching it back. A small fee to access the site, A 50 minute set.

Ticket link here  . It is $US5.00 to access

We are also launching our album EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY at the Northcote Social Club Sunday May 1st. TICKETS HERE.

May 6th we  play in Ballarat at VOLTA

 Everything Was Funny came out in October 2021 and we have worked out how to present it as a duo playing vibes, keys guitars, percussion and also accessing some mellotron sounds via iPad and also some rhythm tracks via a Cymatic audio interface and the shows have been really great new experiences. Very rich array of sounds.

In the meantime we have also continued recording and have more than enough for two new albums at the moment. Looks like the next album is going to be a rocker.

We finally got into a  studio with Stu and Stuart to lay down four songs we have started to rehearse around the beginning of 2020. Then you know what happened and we couldn't rehearse let alone record.

The virus is still around and Idge couldn't do the session as his daughter contracted the bug at school so he had to isolate and we did the work with Laura Hanccock at the desk. It was a great experience as we just had the four songs to do which we completed in one day. Everybody really knew the parts and the songs inside out. We even knocked off early.

Funny thing - I picked up my Talman to overdub and the strap failed and it fell perfectly onto the spot where the jack is inserted


the studio control room at Soundpark.

Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera doing some vocal overdubs.

With studio engineer Laura.


Idge has a lot of vintage gear. Mics, compressors and reverb units. Thats a Roland Space Echo behind Clare.

In the kitchen at Soundpark. Its been a very mild summer in Melbourne. Meanwhile Sydney has had a years rainfall in 4 monthas and Northern NSW and Southern Qld has flooded twice. 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Grace Tame Is President - collaboration with Plutonic Lab coming soon.


A one off collaboration in homage to 2021 –and forever- Australian Of The Year Grace Tame by songwriter/performer Dave Graney and studio cat/multi instrumentalist Plutonic Lab aka Leigh Ryan. All instruments played by PlutonicLab .
 A Ryan-Graney Production.

Grace Tame is president – in the nations’ brain she’s resident!!”  Dave Graney

Clare Moore and I  listened to Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins address the National press Club in Canberra February 9th 2021 and heard them speak truth to the nations power. A stellar cultural political moment for the nation.  We were driving  the Hume Highway between Melbourne and NSW. When we stopped for the night I opened my laptop and used to Twitter to sent a message to Plutonic Lab saying they should collaborate on a  track called Grace Tame Is President. (The title a playful tip to Eric B and Rakims classic Eric B Is President) Plutonic said “yes” straight away and here we are.

I asked some fellow players  and singers to come on board with their voices and the finished track includes vocal takes and textures from Jodi Phillis, Jane Dust, Penny Ikinger, Lisa Gibbs, Julie Graney, Edwina Preston and Anna Smyrk.

Any money generated to be donated to the Grace Tame Foundation which is a not-for-profit philanthropic organisation established by the 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, to campaign for and help fund initiatives which work to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of children and others.


We had worked with Plutonic in 2007 on a show we did called The Bewdy Of Speed.

The song should be available soon. This week I hope. Via Bandcamp or itunes and other music portals.

 I just think Grace Tame has been a beacon of humanity in such bleak times in Australia. The LNP coalition have just been such turds and the stranglehold they have over all the media - including the ABC- has been terrible. This young woman cut through it all. To me she represents an unofficial, authentic Australia that is rarely glimpsed or allowed any play in the public realm. (Mainstream Australia being such a timid, awkward and fearfully obedient culture)The fact she has been such an articulate advocate has been so great. She's angry and powerful but she always hits her targets. GRACE TAME IS PRESIDENT!

The lyrics wrote themselves...

Grace Tame is president

 in the nations brain she’s resident


all time all tame all wild no shame

she brings the noise and stings the boys


Grace Tame is President…


no fear

no fear


the blue gangs

the carpet strollers

get outta the way!

cos Grace Tame is president


Grace Tame is president

 in the nations brain she’s resident


governor general – if you have to

governor general- if you want


Grace Tame is president


all time all tame all wild no shame

she brings the noise and stings the boys


Grace Tame is President…





Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert


Starts with a Kinksy groover sketching a 21st century populist tyrant who coasts in power on waves of public resentment at those on the lowest rungs of the ladder (He Was A Sore Winner). Sweeps across a sci fi terrain with nods to songs in the sand at the end of the world (Pop Ruins) and nods to the ties that bind in the underground communities (Comrade Of Pop and Where Did All The Freaks Go?). Songs about intense, long relationships, defunct technology that didn’t answer back, severe social status definition (I’m Not Just Any Nobody), people wandering through your mind as if it was a garage sale, the anxiety of the long running showman (wide open to the elements again) and ends with a song that’s “a little bit Merle Haggard and a little bit Samuel Beckett”. " Edith Grove! Powis Square! 56 Hope Road! Petrie Terrace!.. The Roxy! The Odeon! Apollo! Palais! Olympia! The Whisky! Detroit Grande!” Pop Ruins!"


ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (The title comes from the chorus of “Song Of Life” ) is a classic rock’n’roll album. Classic if you lived through what has become known as ”the classic rock era” as it rolled out new and even broke onto the beachhead and morphed into punk. That’s the direction Dave Graney and Clare Moore have always been coming from. They have spent their lives schooled by and immersed in rock ‘n’ roll culture. Neither attended higher education and they dived in deep and kept swimming. From the Moodists through the Coral Snakes /White Buffaloes to the mistLY This is an album with their band, Dave Graney and the mistLY. Stuart Perera has played guitar with them since 1998 and Stu Thomas on bass since 2004. MARCH 2019 ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out on Compact Disc - available here via mail order...
If you are from outside of Australia and wish to purchase a Compact Disc copy of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? please use this button (different postage)



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

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION

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


Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes, bass, 12 string set - CDs sold out - digital only

Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25

Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Availableas a digital album via BandCamp

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal