dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS

dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS
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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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fearful Wiggings track by track - in concert tour and new clip

Was very pleased and honoured for FEARFUL WIGGINGS to get "album of the week" on Triple R in Melbourne last week. This is what they said, also the best review the cd has had so far as well!

 "The latest installment from iconic Melbourne musician (and Triple R broadcaster!) Dave Graney is as compelling and unique as ever. On this record we hear the distinctive vocals and poetically concise lyricism Dave is known for presented in new and ever more expressive sonic form. Throughout the course of the album Dave Graney and partner Clare Moore explore everything from sparse folk, jazz, to adventurous art pop, all with a richly textured ambience."
Simon Winkler - Triple R 

 Here is a track by track guide to the album.

A woman skinnies a  man up

There was a conversation with my cousin Garry, who’s a stock and station agent in South East Sth Australia. He often says funny things. He was describing how a friend behaved when a woman was around. “She skinnied him up…” The music is a kind of boogie that I’d been goofing off on for years. No bass. I saw a documentary about the Californian country singer Buck Owens and he said he hardly used any bass on his trademark “Bakersfield sound” country records so as to give more room for the vocals. I love the sound of 60s country and where the voice sits, way out front, so that was  a big thing in my approach to the whole album.
Everything was legendary with Robert

A mutated Bo Diddley beat with acoustic and electric guitars and bass xylophone. This is the single. The music sounded like  a tv theme tune to me, which is to say , I thought it was high quality and really catchy. It’s like a Ray Davies type of a  song as far as the lyrics go. 

How Can You get Out of London?

The second line is “how can you get London out?” We lived there for five years and had to leave suddenly. A kind of a “what if?” shadow life runs through my mind occasionally . “What if we’d stayed there?”  I love to read books about London. It’s in my mind a lot. The music is a kind of Latin groove, again. Clares voice has no reverb. Dry and straight like those British folk records I’ve been immersed in for years.

Country Roads, unwinding

Aside from London, I am obsessed with country roads and down beat country towns. They’re disappearing, really. Just villages with old people and a few antiques shops.  I know, I do a lot of driving. Clare plays the vibes on this track. it was finished very early in the piece. Just fell into a sweet spot pretty easily.

A fellow called Heath Britton came up to me after a solo gig in Adelaide and said he had some footage of the drive between Mt Gambier and Adelaide. He kindly sent it to me and I used it for this clip. It was sent on a disc at 4X the speed and I only used the part of the drive between Mt Gambier and Millicent.

Flower of the earth

I got very ill in Paris in 2008 and almost coughed my lungs up on a metro train and then on the street. Thought I was popping my cork. A lot of blood can scare you. When it’s coming out of you. I had been trying to learn French and read, slowly, a  lot of old books. One was French Vietnamese poetry and there was this proverb saying “ man is the flower of the earth”. I thought that was a wonderful thing to be said at a time when the persons country was being “bombed into the stone age” by the Yanks. A lot of bad French grammar in the lyrics of this song.  I wanted to say “Man!Woman! like Eric Burdon did in the New Animals. I pulled the beat together and liked the groove of the chords. Augmented or diminished chords. Kind of a “cha cha cha” feel in the bass line. Like all those great 30s feels that a lot of classic disco had.

Fearful Wiggings

Nick Harper played guitar on this song. He’s a UK singer and player. Son Of Roy harper. I’d been listening to all this UK folk and he grew up totally IN that world. He got in touch once because he liked some of my songs and even played one at his gigs. He asked me to sing a song on his 2013 album , “Riven”. In return , I asked him to play on a couple of mine. An amazing guitarist. I’ve never met him in the flesh. Hopefully some time this year. The lyrics of this song are very personal. It was originally called “the ballad of Graney and Moore”. That was either a bit too high flown  or a bit too rootsy or earthy.

I’m the Stranger in Town

Sadly, I have realized that this is how I have lived my life. As if I was just passing through – or if I was set to leave at any moment. Like the songs says “silly – I know”

The music is a bit of a groove I’d been mucking around on for ages. Didn’t want it to sound too straight and “bluesy” so I asked Clare to play it half time as if it was a hip hop track,. Just one mic on the drums.  There’s cicadas on it. I needed a lonely sound and walked onto my deck with a ZOOM and took them from my own yard. Summer sounds.

Je est un Autre

A line Arthur Rimbaud wrote in a letter to a friend when he was seventeen years old. “I is another”. Translated differently sometimes but this has the correct clunky meaning. “I” is the person who is thinking “me” up and fronting it to “you”. Just me on twelve string guitar and some buried keys. 

Look into my shades

When I was coughing up blood in Paris in 2008 I had to see a doctor with x rays of my lungs. He came out all dressed in denim. The denim jacket slung over his shoulders. He had longish grey hair and mirror shades on, as he stared at the X-rays and waved me off with a  happy go lucky smile and shake of his head.  I went around the corner to have a coffee and was heaving up more blood into a bin five minutes later. The Doctor with the shades image stayed with me. The song is kind of an Isaac Hayes rap. A wounded, macho man groaning about his ills. The music is a lot of chordal work, stacks upon stacks of chords, set against a Bo Diddley beat. No bass until the last minute. 

I know you can’t see me

This is the purest moment of the session I did with Lisa Gerrard. She worked on the vocal eq for a long time. The reverb and it’s stereo pan. Just guitar and vocal and Lisa doing some ambient singing way in the distance. I can’t thank her enough for inspiration and fire. 

Everything is perfect in it’s beginning

This was all recorded at our studio. Funny, discordant guitar chords. I’d demo’d this a couple of years ago. Hard to get a  beat to the irregular timing. I figured something out with a hip hop boombox. Kind of prog chords in the chorus. Monstrous distorted guitars and some slide too. Lots of guitars. Clare hates too many guitars, but this was my album.

The lyrics are kind of proverbial. When things begin, they contain their end, so they’re perfect.

The Old Docklands Wheel

I wanted to write a really, really DOWN Downbeat song. Lots of music isn’t heavy enough for me. It’s too cute. Or shallow. I want things to be really heavy or sad if they’re gonna try for those depths. So this is a relentlessly downward spiralling song. A spiky, discordant folk blues song. Mentions “the artist Schiele”. It goes down and down and then falls a bit further. Then the singer notes, outside the window, “the old Docklands Wheel”…Melbourne people would understand...

This song is graced by the guitar stylings of Nick Harper too. He’s a demon.

I was there

Almost a duet with Clare Moore. We’ve been musicians for a long time. Some times we hear and watch people talking about situations and events that we were at and they’re talking about a completely different scenario. It’s become mythic. You can’t challenge myths. I’m trusting this could be a common feeling. That’s what you have to do when you write songs- trust that things and “vibes” you have deep within you could be common to others.


The album is also available in digital - or with a  physical cd as well- from Bandcamp...

We're playing in a different style and tempo, many different songs from the past and in some DIFFERENT kinds of venues.

“In Concert” tour by Dave Graney 2014 – 

June 6th - lunchtime performance at Basement Discs - Block Place in the city of Melbourne
June 12th Bridge Hotel - Castlemaine w/ teeth and tongue

June 20th City Band Hall Mt Gambier w/ local band of brothers Blue Valentine 

June 21 and 22 Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide 
sunday (afternoon/evening) tickets here

June 27th Royal Exchange, Newcastle

June 28th Milton theatre, Milton NSW -w/ the Glammarays
tickets here

June 29th the Bunker, Coogee - NSW

July 3rd  Camelot, Marrickville - NSW w/ the Glammarays
tickets here

July 4th  Smiths Alternative Bookshop Canberra -     

July 5th  Rad, Wollongong NSW w/ Justin Frew's Loose Intentions

July 6th  Six String Brewery Central Coast - NSW
tickets here

July 11th SS&A club - ALBURY NSW
July 12th Deans Martian Café , Deans Marsh VIC

July 18th Brisbane – Beetle Bar – July 18th QLD

July 19th Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

July 20th Byron Bay – The Great Northern 
July 26th - THE TOFF IN TOWN - Melbourne w/ the GlammaRays  

August 22nd the Happy Yess - DARWIN

MORE DATES TO FOLLOW.....Hope to see you there!

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