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

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2023 ROCK album with Clare Moore IN A MISTLY . 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, January 8, 2023

Live Shows coming up in Victoria, WA and Queensland. In A Mistly

Noel Mengel writes beautifully about IN A MISTLY in the online magazine MUSIC TRUST.

an excerpt..  Graney and Moore have made about 45 albums together, and this is their sixth credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore. That is a Slim Dusty-level of dedication to the craft when you consider the usual shelf life for a recording artist. And the more I play In a Mistly, the more I think this is one of the best records they have ever made".

 Thanks Noel.


We are playing some shows soon, starting in Castlemaine at the Taproom- Shedshaker Brewery on Saturday January 14th.

Then its a trip to Western Australia for the first time in a  couple of years where Clare Moore and I will bejoined by Martyn Casey on bass to play the following venues.

Friday February 10th at Lyrics Underground at Lyrics Lane in Maylands, Perth. Presented by the Perth Folk and Roots Club who will be playing an opening set.

Then Saturday February 11th at the Vault in Kalamunda, Perth and

Sunday February 12th at the Duke of George in Fremantle.

We then fly to Queensland and hook up with Adele Pickvance who will play bass with us  at these venues...

Thursday February 16th we play at Mos Desert Clubhouse in Burleigh Heads.

Friday February 17th at the Hotel Eltham in Eltham (Lismore).

Saturday February 18th we play the Citadel in Murwillumbah.

We are endeavouring to play music from In A Mistly at these shows so we need to make some rock action and drama with bass, drums and guitar. We will be playing other material from our back catalogue as well.

On Saturday afternoon February 25th Clare Moore and I play an opening set for Dog Trumpet at the Northcote Social Club. We will be on quite early.


Thursday March 23rd we play our Melbourne In A Mistly album launch at the Nightcat in Johnston st Fitzroy.  We played every Wednesday night in 1999 at 8pm at this venue in one of the first things we did in our post Coral Snakes period. Mick Medew and Ursula will be coming down from Brisbane to open the show as a way to launch their album Love Is Calling in Melbourne as well. 

Friday March 31st we play Smiths in Canberra.

Saturday April 1st we launch In A Mistly in Sydney at the Great Club in Marrickville.

I made a clip for a track from In A Mistly.Its for VELVETS MC. The song is about a music act being like a club or a gang and people join up, even for a band thats been inactive for many decades. members can take on all the attitudes and live through the narrative of the band. They know what happens. 


Mark Mordue takes the time and care to write about a show Clare Moore and I did in Sydney in 2022 like few have ever done before. 

Stuff like "Maybe this is the Australian condition for many artists: a small scene that can’t see the true dimensions of its biggest fish; all of us way too close to appreciate one another properly when we are here for the long game."

Thanks Mark.

 I was writing about this kind of feeling or sense of a tight and clammy situation back in 1998 for The Dave Graney Show album on a  song called Am I Wearing Something Of Yours?

you don't know what I've been doing
you're too close
you don't know what I've done
I was doin' it to you
you can't know it but I've finished
I've moved on
you don't have enough room
to put me in the picture
am I wearing something of yours?

 And again in 2012 on We Need A Champion from You've Been In My Mind.

we need help, someone from outside
someone who can see us
we’re so close
we can’t see each other
we’re knockin’ each other up
we need help
someone from outside
oh we’re blind and full of badness
bad blood, bad sweat
makin’ some bad scenes for the hell of it
we need a champion
we ain't got no slack
we ain't got no scratch
we ain't got no rope
we ain't got no background
we ain't got no time
we ain't got no depth
we ain't got no height
we ain't got no room
we're so close we can't see each other
you don't know what I'm doin'
what if I could do it to you?
whatever it was that you were wantin me to do?
we need a champion

 Otherwise, we spent ten days in Sydney over Christmas. It was a bit of a shock to drive up the Hume Highway and be bothered by so many other cars on the same track. I mean, this is usually OUR highway. us and a few dozen truckers. All the service stations were full of families with kids and dogs. Especially the stations with electric vehicle charging stations as the families had to cool their heels for a few hours while their batteries were "filled". This meant that there were a lot of kids high on junk food sugar runing around everywhere. It was horrible!

 In Sydney we did what most people did, ate and talked and rested and generally forget about deadlines and projects (if you were me) and read books and watched tv. 

I tried several episodes of MAYANS MC which is an offshoot of Sons Of Anarchy. It was pretty dull and turgid stuff. A lot of incredibly fit and ripped tough guys who do nothing but drink beer and smoke cigarettes in between bouts of psychotic violence which is all justified as its about their family. Tedious Yankee shit. Loads of incomprehensible, slow dialogue with these wounded, morose men. I wrote a song about the kind of blinkered silliness in 2014 for FEARFUL WIGGINGS. It was called LOOK INTO MY SHADES. I recorded it quite quickly but feel I need to have another look at it.

look into my shades, babe
travel over the surface
travel those smooth black desert sands
I am mean, babe
I am mean and I have been hurt
I’ve got a right, babe
I’ve got a right to be wrong
it’s not you, babe
it’s nothin’ to do with you
someone is gonna pay, babe
someone is gonna pay
I am gonna lay waste to someone’s little world
I am at war, babe
I'm a man on a mission
I am out to destroy something
I've been wandering the earth, babe
darkness everywhere
devastation, baby
it feels so funny to be talking to you
I built myself a surface so wide
no one would ever get around

 But otherwise, the favoured holiday viewing was more Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. The latter being annoyingly not on any streaming platforms. 

We have also been catching Hip Hop Evolution via Netflix. The early episodes on the pioneering djs and then the MCs was pretty thrilling. Stayed in thatgroove with RUN DMC and then Schooly D and the birth of Gangsta Rap. Lots of regional variation. Ice T still sounding pretty unconvincing to me. Just not a very good - or attractive - voice.

Same goes for Q Tip from the Jungle Brothers. He has a big rep which he carries hard with every word he spoke. Just seemed like a small guy, like some lightweight from the local indie rock world.

Shock G from the Digital Underground was just so human and so likeable. His tears came flooding when he talked of Tupacs descent into rage and madness and then his terrible death. Awful. 

Schooly D ruled, as did the Wu. 

Still got some episodes to go - maybe even another series. But eventually we will get to the hip hop equivalent of Grunge or New Rock or Oasis or Cold Play or Arcade Fire or the Flaming Lips. I'll have turned it off by then.  It was a brilliant planet though.

We also caught the 2022 Bowie film Moonage Daydream. A friend in Sydney played it in her garage onto a large screen and a bunch of us sat in deckchairs.

It was quite a nice mix or edit of noted art movies and images that informed a lot of twentieth century progressive music.  Just normal underworld stuff. If you'd been paying attention. Would have been a lot richer if the director had just widened the aperture to include David Bowies actual peers and contemporaries. People like Marc Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Vince Taylor, the Pretty Things, Slade, Scott Walker, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Ian Hunter, Mick Jagger, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Kraftwek, Syd Barrett, Lulu. The director had also made the Chicago 10 movie which was a fine thing but a little research into that political scene of the late 60s USA showed up a lot of radical women who were also involved in the demonstrations and subsequent trial. The removal of all of them from that films story diminished that too.

Clare Moore and I did this podcast interview  late last year. It was for the Unfiltered and Undiscovered Podcast which might give you a clue as to our weird standing in the Australian Music Scene. Some days we are "icons" and "legends" and other days we are yet to be filtered and discovered. As befits that loose but jittery time of year (the end times) it was quite a loopy but fun talk. We didn't expect it to be actually filmed but here's how it turned out.

Leading up to Christmas we completed our 140th   Online show.

We then spent a great weekend at my sister Marianne's house in Western Victoria. A couple of days with her and her family.  The second time in 2022 we had spent time in a house that had been completely built from scratch by the occupants. Amazing achievements.

In Sydney we went to Mahons Rockpool at Maroubra a couple of times. Apparently there are 35 of these rockpools in Sydney.  It was pretty delightful.

 I'm still hoping to get my book of lyrics out in the first half of 2023. Its being edited at the moment. 

THERE HE GOES WITH HIS EYE OUT Collected lyrics 1980-2023.


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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