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Current album Dave Graney and the mistLY LYVE AT BYRDS. Two albums in 2020, "Dave Graney and Clare Moore In Concert with Robin Casinader" and "Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross". Two albums in 2019. ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore and ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? from Dave Graney and the mistLY. 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 Dickey Betts, John Cippolina or Grant Green - but not in this lifetime, I know.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

what doesn't kill ya- almost does the job!

Yes, this tour has been challenging. But whatever doesn't kill you, as you know, damages and weakens you , and pretty much almost kills you. So I'm taking that as a  positive.
Shows have been up and down in violent swings. Very much buoyed by playing in places like Brisbane where the venues open and close and the people are pretty resourceful- and they find you and come and have a  ball.  Playing in Adelaide is also always enjoyable. I feel kind of in tune with people there. South Australian tones I guess.

Played a gig on guitar sitting in with the Dames, opening for Barry Adamson. Stu Thomas, also learned the whole set on bass as Rosie Westbrook was away playing with Mick Harvey. Emily Jarrett also learned all the songs for the gig on extra keys as Will Hindmarsh was away in Europe. The set went really well and it was a blast to see Barry play with his band. Then the show was reviewed by a  KNOW NOTHING IGNORANT PRIVATE SCHOOL HACK in an online paper who sniffed at the DAMES for not beeing teens and called them Aussie rock. As if they are one of many female led bands on an endless touring circuit. Get a fucking clue you phony, ill educated mere bug! It was also stated that it was  a mismatch with Barry, who produced my first  recordings with the Coral Snakes (including Clare of course) in 1988 and we've known for ages and I wrote the liner notes for his first solo  album. The writer then said Barry sounded like Nick Cave. Fuck you. In the nose!

Stu Thomas is such a  match fit player. Aside form learning all that DAMES stuff he has been doing shows with us and with his Stu Thomas Paradox, and guesting in Billy Millers WHO show and playing with Kim Salmon and the Surrealists ( who seem to improvise 1/2 their set) and also playing with Jane Dust and the Giant Hoopoes and Mikelangelo and also some shows on bass with Martin Cilia from the Atlantics. I mean, he gets across all the material and plays it with his whole mind and body. he throws himself into stuff.

The show in Westernport was mad- wildly drunken audience.  Bonnie from Wonnie. I mean "shagtown". (Wonthaggi). They drunkest and loudest guy in the world walked to middle of the dancefloor and pulled his pants down during "flash in the pantz".
Eating breakfast the next morning a  man came up and  said " does anybody under 40 know who you are?" A bit gratuitous. "Yes, some do", I replied.
Brutal conversations like that abound. Too many to recount. I don't want to drag them out, it would seem like I am complaining.

People think musicians are lost and silly types. I think that the players are  closer to currents that are swiftly moving than many in the straight world know are even moving.  Things are not as they seem in many ways, people and their fantasy views of what is going on "out there" I know.

The Brisbane writers festival was cool. Met with Jeet Thayil, a writer from Hong Kong/New York and Bombay who had read my book and said "it could have been a work of fiction!". The greatest review I have had. He is up for the Booker prize.

Played a solo gig up there. Enjoyed that. I will be doing a  lot more after this tour.

Newport Substation was a great gig . Very well attended . No other venue like it in Melbourne.

 The Adelaide show (two weeks ago now) was noteable because our brother -in-law Graeme came along, even though he was battling mutiple tumours. He loved our band and the latest record and would always come to see us. A lovely guy. Blessed to have known such a generous character. He died two nights ago. As we packed up in Hepburn Springs.

Heading to WA next. Four of us, travelling from melbourne to the other side of the country.

Thursday 04th Oct Clancys Fish Pub (solo), Fremantle w/ the morning night
Friday 05th Oct – Clancy’s Fish Pub , Dunsborough w/ lucy peach
Saturday 06th Oct – the Bird - Northbridge - Perth w/ the morning night
Sunday 07th Oct – Mojos
- Fremantle WA w/ lucy peach

Friday Oct 19th - The Red Rattler- Marrickville NSW w/ the holy soul
Saturday Oct 20th - The Paperback Sessions -
Smiths Alternative Bookshop - Civic - Canberra
This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Monday, September 10, 2012

people-get a grip - just because I'm laughin' - get away from my stuff!

Passremarker on Songwriting
at The Pineapple Lounge at Brisbane Writers Festival  2012

Interview on Songwriting with Dave Graney

Name (not for zine):
Pineapple Lounge performance name:
AKA (if you want this included in your interview):

How would you describe your current musical style, and how did your music journey take you there?

Rock Music. Done properly. Everybody else does it wrong

Which songwriters from the past or present do you respect and influence you?

Syd Barrett, Bert Jansch, Robyn Hitchcock, Paul Westerberg, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Leon Russell

What is one particular song that has really stood out for you, remains a favourite; and what is it about this song? (the lyrics will be included in the zine at the end of your interview)

The Waters of March or Quiet nights of quiet stars by Jobim. More for the music than the lyrics.

How do the words come out and get onto the page? Do you carry a notebook at all times? Scrawl as you awake in the middle of the night? Need to spend a lot of time alone? 

None of the above. I don't sweat it. 

As in all creative professions, you must have at some stage, experienced creative doubt: how did/do you deal with it?

Never, only disappointment in the organized music world really. 

If you write your own music, do you consider the music to be equally as important as the lyrics? And which comes first the music or the lyrics?

Music. Lyrics are for sooks.

Do you keep your songs a secret until you perform? Or do you bounce your work off fellow musicians and friends

I like music and words that are dirty and grubby with the fingerprints of many people on them. When I play them, I want people to take them away and do what they like with them. 
How do you feel about reactions to your songs? Please elaborate on a prominent incident of this from your past.

I like people dancing , really. I like grooves. 

The music industry, like publishing, is in a time of great transition: what has changed for you, and what excited you about the future, and what is pissing you off?
People love technology, and its going to do them in.Suckers.  The war has been lost. End times are here for life on earth.

As a songwriter do you feel connected to poetry? How?
I love poetry, but I wouldn't let it near any songs. I hate "spoken word" bullshit. Poetry is to be read. In your mind. Musics about voices and luck. 

Who are your favourite authors and poets? And which of their works in particular?
Guillaume Apollinaire for his book of poems Alcools and also Blaise Cendrars.
Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, JG Ballard, James M cain, Paul Cain, Delia Falconer, David Foster, Hal Porter, les Murray, Robert Grey. Joyce carol Oates, Walter raliegh, AE Coppard and many more. 

Why do you write songs? What does it do for you emotionally?

Just for the thrills really. I like the ephemeral nature of it. I hate shit like leonard Cohen . Give me Lil Wayne any day.

Have you had any premonitions with your future? Do you think you’ll continue song writing and music? If so, what direction?

Rave to the Grave!

One more thing: please include four full song lyrics you will be performing during your set.

No! people can hear them, I sing proper! Also, I didn't even know I was playing! 

 Post Script ? further correspondence (thought this might be interesting. I try hard to be nice. This exchange all happened just after a lot of travelling- including our night of HELL on the GOLD COAST which is a fulcrum upon which I have spun and which has determined my attitude and trajectory for THE REST OF MY LIFE!

yo Dave,

I'm not meant to write to you, but I'm writing the zine for BWF, and need your answers by the morning, because my deadline with them is tomorrow.
If you can fill it out... that would be sick.
I've attached it again, and need a pic of you also.

Be great if you could possibly not mention to them that I wrote to you, cause I was given strict instructions not to. ha! Strange world with all that bureaucracy.

I sent my answers last week in an email to the BWF person

yeah they just sent them to me today... thanks. ( :
you definitely don't want any lyrics included?
all good if not, just checking.

no, I'm not sure what or how long I have to play. Will make up my mind on the day I guess. I was trying to say I'm more of a musical focussed person. And pretty much all rock lyrics- except mine- are fucking rubbish.

except for led zeppelin, rollingstones, talking heads. there's a number that have some good lyrics I reckon.

anyway Mr. Graney, see ya on the 9th.

those are all very good musical acts. lyrics pretty good for the Stones , terrible for zeppelin but the best is by Steely Dan , Paul Westerberg, Bonnie Billy and August Darnell.

'll have to check em out one day.
My favourite lyricist of all time... well two acts: Cake and Butterfingers.

hey, just bear in mind that you're talking to a fucking expert in this matter. I know everybody has an opinion , but I have the skills and the experience and have written 25 fucking albums and two books. Cake are (1) shit and (2) yanks...
                        ...being yanks means they get a free ride from colonials...

I ran into the young lady who put a bit of time into making the fanzine at the festival. It was lovingly tied with a  bit of string. I have a phobia about cds and papers tied up with string. It creeps me out.

I said hello and also that I was being a little bit funny in my responses. Little bit. The fanzine included some lyrics by Jobim. Someone else had done my bit, she said. She was a bit excited – I guess - and cried out that she had read my responses and thought “wow! Who is this guy? Who the fuck does he think he is?” I only regret that , once again, I didn’t express myself HARD ENOUGH! I was dave FUCKIN" Graney! 

Sat 15th September Westernport Hotel - San Remo
Friday 21st September - Palais- Hepburn Springs
Saturday 22nd September - NEWPORT SUBSTATION -NEWPORT book tickets here

Thursday 04th Oct Clancys Fish Pub (solo), Fremantle
Friday 05th Oct – Clancy’s Fish Pub (indoors), Dunsborough
Saturday 06th Oct – the Bird - Northbridge - Perth
Sunday 07th Oct – Mojos 
- Fremantle WA

This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Thursday, September 6, 2012

adelaide 2012 then a long drive for mt gambier night

Clare Moore and myself drove across the state and up and down the hills and onto North Terrace in Adelaide, across from the university, parked our van and dragged some gear in to the studio. We kicked some dust off and threw down five songs with electric guitar and a snare drum and tambourine and spoke with the smart young bloke from Radio Adelaide.

After that, we retired to our hotel of choice, up the far end of Hindley street, and unpacked again.

The next day we were joined by Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera again and played a  Saturday night show at the Wheastsheaf Hotel in Thebarton. You could walk there from the hotel, really, but its tucked away in an almost inner suburban street. No problems with noise, no security, no poker machines or big sports tv screens and people love going to it. We played two sets to a rowdy crowd. So great to be playing to people who've been tuning into our music for a long time ,a swell as some youngsters who get off on our flashness. After the gig, we dropped into the Villis Bakery which has a 24 hour cafe attached to the big ovens. Great place. Full of night life types. Well , people who are hungry at the wrong time of day anyway.

The next day we played another couple of sets in the  late afternoon at the same venue. The band is playing so well. Some people mention words like smooth" and "soft" in the press but we're coming on so much stronger. Waves of power from the rhythm section and the guitars. Playing the best music in our lives right now.

On the Monday I loaded the van and drove back in a  homeward direction. to Melbourne, Along the way, I got the idea to detour to Mt gambier to shoot some film on   a little camera I'd been fooling with. Six hours later I arrived in the town and drove and walked around for a few hours before continuing on, planning to stop somewhere. I stopped in Coleraine and had a  nap, then drove on to Glenthompson. I was really fatigued, normally I can always keep driving but the last couple of months has been tough going.

I woke up at 4 am and drove another three hours into Melbourne. Quite delirious I guess. I stopped at  a shop in the Hills and some gent came up , asking if I was who I looked like. I wasn't the warmest to his enquiries I must admit. The thousand yard stare was in effect.

On Wednesday I put this clip together , for a  song thats been growing in power in our live shows. I thought it was too personal to come across to people but what the fuck do I know?

The clip begins with some introductions to the song as we kicked it into shape on last years tour. Then theres the footage I shot on the Monday. Its heavy on the "bright satanic mills". I didn't focus on any of the natural beauty of the town. Felt like accentuatin' the horror. Well maybe the intimacy of some of the associations. I worked at one of those mills when I left high school. (Didn't work again for another few years!Happy days! ) At 4:21the camera turns a corner at the house we all grew up in. At 5:55 there is the small Catholic church and primary school we all went to on the East side- ST Marys. At 6:07 there is a drive past of McDonald Park, home of the East Gambier Bulldogs where I played as a kid as did all my brothers and our father is number 1 life member.

2012 shows 
dave graney and the mistLY

Sat 15th September Westernport Hotel - San Remo
Friday 21st September - Palais- Hepburn Springs
Saturday 22nd September - NEWPORT SUBSTATION -NEWPORT book tickets here

Thursday 04th Oct Clancys Fish Pub (solo), Fremantle
Friday 05th Oct – Clancy’s Fish Pub (indoors), Dunsborough
Saturday 06th Oct – the Bird - Northbridge - Perth
Sunday 07th Oct – Mojos 
- Fremantle WA

This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ararat - live

"ararat Live" was all we knew of this gig. Not the name of  a place, more a name for a  group of people or an event that seems to move around this town which is past Ballarat on the way to Adelaide. Didn'y know what to expect and just made the drive and walked into an old pub in the main street. the Ararat Hotel. Lovely art deco frosted glass over the high doorways. Dave and Rob were setting up the vocal pa and moving some lounge settees about. We had some lamb roast of the day for dinner and set up to play two sets.
People came from all over the district. Enough people to sit in the room on those comfy settees and listen to all our music. Posters were put up in all the nearby towns and emails were sent. Back to the old days of people in regional towns making their own fun up.
They yelled and cheered at the end. I wish there were lots more of these kinds of gigs.

A young fellow called jack was curious about our guitars and amps. chemistry student at uni. He had been brought here by his grandfather who has all our cds. His grandpa was a cool guy, explaining that it was a good turnout- especially considering that we were a  "very weird band". He loved our weirdness, he was just saying it as a fact. that was so much better than people usually coming up and saying its not a big number or people in the room, as if we have always been a huge pop act. Its true- our music is freaky and not for everybody. Its got grooves and funk and dynamics because that the way we like it but its also- in comparison to most other stuff - and especially music by our peers and contemporaries- WEIRD. Its fast for a  start. Also not generally sad.

We were sleeping upstairs in the old pub. We watched a  little country mouse bounce off the glass door as a young bloke belted out a hundred buskers faves in the other room. He didn't stop with th singing for another hour or two. The mouse must've been trying to get some shut eye.

As everybody was leaving Dave told us casually of the ghost upstairs. Noises and children whimpering were to be expected. Ararat used to have a hospital for the "insane" as well as a  prison ward for "the criminally insane" . A lot of restless soul flying about one imagines.

Stu Thomas heard the noises . He said they were comforting as he slept. Also, he went to the can during the night and the door slammed in his face. I believe it!

In the morning we beat it to Adelaide, after picking up an egg and bacon roll and a coffee from "DEbs". The cook was like a  grounded biker. Lashing of bacon! Shit, milky coffee, even though we asked for it black. thats the default coffee out here. Flat and white.

Clare and I made it in time for a live to air duo style at Radio Adelaide on North Terrace. We missed Stu and Stuart!

2012 shows 
dave graney and the mistLY

Sat 15th September Westernport Hotel - San Remo
Friday 21st September - Palais- Hepburn Springs
Saturday 22nd September - NEWPORT SUBSTATION -NEWPORT book tickets here

Thursday 04th Oct Clancys Fish Pub (solo), Fremantle
Friday 05th Oct – Clancy’s Fish Pub (indoors), Dunsborough
Saturday 06th Oct – the Bird - Northbridge - Perth
Sunday 07th Oct – Mojos 
- Fremantle WA

This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

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...
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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