Yes the Gretsch Filtertrons are doing the trick with TONE on my 12 string electric.
Went down to Hobart to play at the Republic Bar. A cool venue in the North part of that town.
We were playing two sets. I took my Fender combo on the plane. Clare picked up a kit . Stu Perera took his Laney and Stu Thomas put his bass through his new bass head into the PA.
The first song, ‘we don’t belong to anybodY’ has a coda where it winds down and I introduce us, as if we are among strangers and well… we don’t belong to anybody ….so “come on ! it’s a sweet ride”.
As I was doing this a buxom woman with a few genuine tatts on her arms leaned on the stage and started asking me where my leather pants were. This is how I flew to the gig
Perfectly respectable I thought. I gave up trying to talk for a while and just got into the playing . Digging the sound and the songs. I like playing two sets, you get to stretch out.
AT the end of that set , the lady came up to talk. She moved here from Qld and works in a “shithole called Huonville and when I saw you were playing I thought ‘yeah!dave graney! those tight leather pants! where ARE THEY?’” I said I had a big wardrobe and felt like wearing suit. She didn’t like it.
I talked a lot more in the second the second set . I told them about how “flash in the pantz” was about life on earth and also how concerned I was in my travels about the world that there were so many monuments to the achievements of women., How it oppressed us men. “ Such a chorus of “FuuuuuuCk OOOOFFFFSSSS!” ensued. I copped it , sweetly.
The night went on with a swinging duality of “come ons” and “fuck offs”.
Hobart could kill more delicate people. They don’t scare me.
Crude, brutish, salty types, like the people I grew up with.
Strangely, when we play there , people come who are on holiday in town.
A man came up who had last seen us in Melbourne in 1994. He travelled down for the show. He used to come to our gigs and always take me aside for a joint. I liked that sort of thing.
A woman came up to me at the end saying “ I’m Julie and I’m OLD! SORRY!”
Another come on and fuck off again I guess.
Blew town the next day. Ran into a young friend who is always inspiring to chat to.
This week we are in QLD- come along to a show.