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, April 15, 2018

Half way through our April Residency - new digital release YOU'RE ALL WRONG

So I'm afraid I gave up on the Will Self book. Started out to be quite intriguing but I found I could easily put it down. It was called How the Dead Live. I always used to stick with books but can't do it anymore.
I am now a third of the way into "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing. She is  great writer and makes it easy for the reader. That's my excuse anyway.

So the first date of the Croxton front room we played mostly songs from You've Been In My Mind from 2012. This was a great rock album and the last real expression of the mistLY transforming and expanding my songs in the studio. The album was coloured by my 12 string electric guitar and lots of vocal harmonies. A rock album with the rock being in the sound spectrum that was first explored on Love's Forever Changes or the Byrds Younger Than Yesterday. It was a very personal album in the lyrics as it was just after my memoir "1001 Australian Nights"  and when my friends or family would say they'd read it I had the queasy feeling that they'd been in my mind.

The set went like this ....

Blues Negative
We Need a champion
Flash in the pantz
Mt gambier night
I don't wanna know myself
Playin chicken
I'm not the guy I tried to be
Cop this, sweetly
Field record me

I also played Song Of Life which was our February digital release and two of my new songs I'd written for slide guitar, You're All Wrong and You've Been In My Mind. The latter being my proud entrance to the tradition of a song sharing the same title as a previous album, released six years before.

For the second week we tackled songs mainly first released in 2001 on Heroic Blues and in 2003 on the Brother Who Lived. A lot of these were restrung/re-sung and remastered for SUPERMODIFIED in 2010. There were also two songs from I Was the Hunter And I Was The Prey in 1990 and one from Hashish and Liquor in 2005.
For this gig, Clare Moore played keyboards as well as drums and vocals.

Sometimes you can see yourself
Anchors aweigh
All our friends were stars
Midnight to Dawn
The brother who lived
Twilight of a villan
A boy named Epic
Heroic Blues
Clinging to the Coast

You're all wrong
You've been in my mind
Song of Life

I've got myself a beautiful nightmare
Everybody does what they want to
There's the Royal troll

For the third week we played songs from two albums that were real peaks of songwriting and creativity for me and the mostLY, We Wuz Curious from 2008 and Knock Yourself Out from 2009. Both written and recorded when my parents were seriously ailing in health and ultimately passing away. I kind of threw myself into work when I could.

Both albums fevered and concentrated. Incredibly funky. Both with amazing cover illustrations from Tony Mahony.

I would have loved to have gotten either released in Europe. I was told by one distributor about We Wuz Curious that the sort of person who might have sought it out doesn't exist anymore and that the cover art was terrible. The loneliness of the long distance Australian rock singer! It's no longer available in any physical form but you can get a digital copy.

Knock Yourself Out had music mostly written and recorded by Clare Moore while I toured with Henry Wagons. It's the funkiest and most dense and richly lyrical record I've ever done.


The third set was..

You had to be drunk
I come from the clouds
Lets kill god again
Dylan the Indie fake
Honky tonk rope a dope
Punk dies
I like to be haunted
Bring me my liar
I'm in the future now
Bodysnatcher blues

We also did two new songs which differ from a lot f recent songwriting in that I really cooked them up with the mistLY. Real band related songs.

Is that what you did? 

The latter is a meditation on the mythic rock'n'roll droog that will alway be - Keef.  The former is a great monstrous groove in a Grateful Dead / Pedal gaze style with lyrics asking "that thing that you're doing - is that what you did?"

In the meantime I have a new digital release out. YOU'RE ALL WRONG. I call it   a pop blues. One of several songs that fell out when I bought a six dollar guitar that was covered in One Direction stickers in Ararat, tuned it to open G and tried some slide guitar.

A cry from the heart/brain/traffic/mirror. YOU'RE ALL WRONG! I played slide guitar and bass over a narcotic beat I took from a toy keyboard and added some autoharp and a touch of piano at the end.

I found a film that was in the public domain  about Watts Towers and Simon Rodia, the man who built them and I put the song to it and made a clip.

From Wiki ... "The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art or Art Brut and Italian-American na├»ve art".

Always been fascinated by the  Watts Towers and referenced them in the lyric to APOLLO 69 on The Soft'n'Sexy Sound album in 1995. "billowin' public cloud below/groanin' shakin' scaffold sways/Nelsons Column/Isaac Hayes' SHAFT/ Watts Towers"

You're all wrong
not everybody
just you
but all of you
I see a spectrum under you
thats a nice way of saying you're on it
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
you're not right
you don't feel us feel you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
ok, everybody
all of you
that's the way you're gonna hear this
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
just you
but all of you
you're all wrong
you're all wrong
your nose, your smell your walk your words your voice your vibe
you're all wrong
you're all wrong

We have two more weeks in the front room at the Croxton Bandroom. People have been asking requests and any intel on what we have planned but I just want it all to be a  surprise.

Saturday April 28th - Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes play Dashville-GUMBALL festival in NSW.

May 12th - we'll be playing a show at the Skylark Room in Upwey.

Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th 

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 and 12 string set - digital or as CD

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