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

dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS
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current albums "Fearful Wiggings" and "play mistLY for me" . On Cockaigne. The latter is a digital only release. 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 Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know. I also wish someone could put the music scene back together, but it was always flying apart. I like adult stuff. Always have.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LONDON shows for two nights

 London was quite agreeably warm in early May and we enjoyed the Kings Cross area we were staying in like it was our old manor. Clare and I caught a Stewart lee "work in progress" show at a great little place called "the Comedy Museum" which is underneath a church on High Holborn. It is a small museum with artefacts on the walls and in glass display cases from Spike Milligan, Russ Abbott, Little Tich, Freddie Starr, Bill Bailey and Steptoe and Son - to name a few. Stewart did an amazingly fresh show , reading from notes and "trying out bits" to an audience of about 100 people.

We played for two nights at a small pub in Clerkenwell called the Bestey Trotwood. I had asked around on the internet for information from London people about venues that were not real "industry" type places. Pete Astor - once of the Weather Prophets and the Loft-ssuggested this place.

It was a downstairs caven type affair, like playing in a small folk club. On the first night we played as a three piece and I had some trouble seeing due to sharp led lights.

The treatment we got was very European- very UN London. The man who ran the pub fed us really well and providied great geaar. A real social affair- the amps came in from a shop in Deenmark st and were brought by Andy and Patrick from the Rocking Birds. Joshua, the young man from Brisbane who booked us there, was extra nice as well. A terrific night.

Tony Harris, who engineered the Moodists album "Thirstys Calling" at Livingstone studios in 1983, poked his face into mine between sets. Many old friends. people who knew us from the Moodists and from the very first version of the Coral Snakes in London in the late 80s. People who knew the album "I was the hunter and I was the prey".

On the Friday night we were joined by Malcolm Ross and we played a fantastic show. Totally great sound. Again, the room was packed with comrades from over the decades. People travelled from Bath, Salford and all over London to be there. Had a wonderful time.

Bob Osborne left his spot at the county cricket in Northamptonshire to come to this show as well.

We stayed in London for another two days and caught a comedy show by Bridget Christie at the Water Rats inKings Cross. Lenins fave pub as well as the place where Bob Dylan played his first ever UK gig and where we used to go see teh Pogues in 83, before they recorded their first album.  When the idea of them ever beinga  recording act was mocked and laughed at.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Amsterdam and Brussels

We - well I - drove into Amsterdam and found our accommodation. Such a cute town. So many bikes and pedestrians. They have all the rights of way. Driving the narrow cobblestone streets is tough but its not as anarchic as Paris. Orderly in it's way. More bicycles than I've ever seen, anywhere. Old, cute bicycles that a comic country pastor would ride in a movie. All locked to posts when not needed with huge chains.

The first show was at a blues bar. Not my natural habitat but we made show. The club owner was anxious to keep the noise at a low level due to a new and vexatious upstairs apartment owner (well - slowly owning all the other apartments) who was offended by the music club he was sleeping above. The club has been there for 30 years.
We kept the volume low and entertained a mixed collection of night life people.
The next day was quite stunning, sun and blue skies over the canals and the boats and bikes.
We played in the afternoon in a barbecue ribs and country music spot. Not our natural habitat but we made show for three sets. Some old friends from Melbourne came along. Also some people from the night before.

We then drove through Holland and Belgium to Brussels. A bit alarming to see army trucks and soldiers stationed outside the EU buildings as we drove through the centre.
We met up with Georgio "The Dove" Valentino and went along to the venue where we ate and did a short 45 minute set to a very appreciative crowd of music lovers at Cafe CHAFF.  All these shows were played on borrowed equipment and I had the best amp of the tour on this date. A Fender Deluxe Reverb.
We stayed late at the club watching the other band who were kind of indie prog. Nice but a few too many loop pedal tricks for me, I'd rather hear mistakes than perfect loops.

The next day Georgio took us on a  great, sweeping walk through Brussels. Great to have someone who knows history and culture showing you a place like that. We had taken the hire car back and eventually headed to the train station to go to London.

We had work visas and presented our passports. We were an hour early. The British love uniforms and bureaucracy and we ended up getting the train with one minute to spare. Touring is like that, Clare Moore opined. Lots of dead time then a  sudden hair pin bend with heaps of drama and then you fall asleep.

We reached St Pancras station at 5pm and walked to our accommodation.

Playing two nights May 5th and 6th at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon rd London.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

I Been Trendy - late April digital release.

This is our April digital release. It came out of the toob (?) April 20th. Its credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

We've long marvelled at the creativity of 70s reggae, how they often used backing tracks over and over with different vocals over the top. We wanted to have a shot at that sort of thing. This track is the first result of that type of experimentation. The song is built around a drum track from "You Had To Be Drunk" from the 2007 album WE WUZ CURIOUS.

I played the bass line, which I had been fooling around with for a couple of years and took some time to find the right swinging pocket to hook in with the drums.

I then put the guitar down. This acoustic guitar is a very vintage Maton which Des Hefner gave us on our wedding day in 1985. Its been sitting in a corner ever since, more of an ornament than a playing guitar. I started to strum it a couple of years ago and then took it to Maton to get the machine heads fixed and a general tune up. It was intended , in its day, to be more of an entry level instrument than a serious guitar. I loved the sound of it though. It has a tight, boxy sound and seems to really resonate itself on some notes. It features a lot in the clip.

The song took a vocal and that was thrown down with this great mic I bought online in 2015 . Its  a 70s type of mic which was used by tv newsreaders in its day. I love the sound it gets for my voice. Lots of burr and gravel. It cuts through.

Clare played the organ and I put down some electric piano and some tings and triangle.

The song has a Leon Russell/ JJ Cale kind of a  feel. It's about  a shady player getting some light shone on him and his reaction to that kind of experience. I'm a shady guy. I have also, once, been trendy...

" I been trendy
it was nice
a little respite, from runnin' and chasin'
and headlocks and divin"
lights, cameras, smiles

like a party in a tanning salon
I'm no good in the sun
Irish skin
I burned, then blistered
to a violent crisp

I can't hold the pose
to grip and grin for so long
I been trendy
it was nice

it's not my thing
I'm more suited to the shadows
got more to work with there
I been trendy
it was nice
like a party in a tanning salon

Our next release is due in May. It's called Drifting Donna Reed.

and then we poceeded to go deep into France

More than three weeks into the tour and we are all still coughing, wheezing and sneezing. We must make show though.
We drove to Manchester, dropped the car off and took a  train to Londons St Pancras where we then took another train to Paris. Me, Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and his partner Gina and Malcolm Ross.

In Paris I talked a pharmacist into giving me some anti biotics, which I gave to Stu and Clare - as I had had a course.

We stayed for a couple of nights in a wonderful Air BnB joint and delighted in a fantastic old school restaurant with our old friend Pascal Cuissot, a film maker. We also went to an exhaustive exhibition of the Velvet Underground at PHILHARMONIE.
There were hoardings of this at Gare Du Nord that were better than most exhibitions!

We then proceeded to  Rennes where we played at Le Bistro De La Cite , Lorient where we played at Le Galion and Binic where we played at Le Chaland Qui Passe. All very unique cities, all in Brittany. Wonderfully warm and generous people. In Lorient Clare, Malcolm and I ate at a Berber restaurant where the owner talked with us in a mad cadence of French which we kept up with - ind of. he gave Clare and Malcolm a shot glass of Eau de Vivre- FIGUE.

We then drove Malcolm to Nantes where he caught a plane to Scotland and we proceeded to the Loire Valley to play at a house/ chateau party in Azay Le Rideau. Man this joint was RUSTIQUE. Our host were Mel, raised in Geelong but now enjoying life between London and Azay and working for the UN and Chris, a semi retired top shelf music production man. The guests were very international and involved in wine, food, film and antique sourcing activities. There were au pairs. A real glimpse into parallel worlds. Again, very warm and generous people.

Next was a drive to Aignan where we played at a  rocking house party. People came from all around and stayed up until 4 am. Smoking, drinking and yacking. This place was even RUSTIQUER!

Then we drove to the very bottom of France, close to the Spanish border where we played a show at a large factory/design centre for QUICKSILVER surf gear. A huge place. We played for their workers, in a garden area where people lolled about, drinking beer and wine....

We stayed at a company house which was not unlike the setting of the house in Lost HIGHWAY / KISS ME DEADLY. A house directly facing the ocean with windows on three sides full of sun and sea. Other people were staying at the house, from Australia, France and the USA, having an IDEA STORM for designs fro the FALL 2017 season. More parallel worlds...

We then drove for ten hours to the other side of Paris where we sought comfort in an IBIS hotel in another rustic village called JAUX. Now we head to Amsterdam.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Second show at ATP- triumphant STUFF, baby

We played our second show at ATP on the Sunday at 6:45 pm.
This time it was in the middle sized room and we played a rock'n'roll set with Malcolm Ross on guitar alongside Clare, Stu Thomas and me.

The set went like this....

We need a champion
night of the wolverine
everything was legendary with Robert
death by a thousand sucks
Frankie's negative
Chad's car
I got myself a beautiful nightmare
everybody does what they want to
my schtick weighs a ton
I'm a good hater
this is the deadest place I've ever died in
rock'n'roll is where I hide

 A review of the festival.

There were people who knew different songs from different periods.
A woman came up who'd seen the Moodists play at Harlow College with the Go Betweens in 1984. A couple of people had been at the Hacienda in the same year and other people at Oxford and another couple at a club in West London.

When I'd spoken with Marc Riley I'd talked about the Moodists and he remembered the name - it was the only reference point people have for us - I'd casually said we'd had a breakthrough album with Wolverine in 1993. I forgot to say we got to a new audience who didn't know or need to know anything about the Moodists. It was weird. In that 90s period all our peers, like the former members  Go Betweens and David McComb, couldn't get out of the 80s. They were stuck there. Eventually they reconstituted and retooled themselves. We were scot free.

Hilarious podcast where two ATP festival pundits encounter and describe our THING.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In - April digital release

Out as a digital release March 25th. Accompanied by a wonderfully weird clip comprised of photos taken by Barry Douglas at an "old time Australia"  tourist attraction. (Ever driven past those signs between Adelaide and Melbourne? "OZ AS WAS!"

The second digital release for 2016.
Follows up "I'm a Good Hater" which was released in February.
The plan is to release a song every month.

"I played in a freezer- in the meatpackin' district
I played in a mortuary- Kinselas- Sydney! true! but...."

This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In.

Bass, electro rhythm track, organ and marimba. With a few strums of an acoustic guitar. All instruments played by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
The track finds them exploring the rough and ragged electro funk that was around in that old time post punk era. Hey, they were there!

A tribute to all the lousy, horrible rooms that have enveloped and tried to extinguish the hope of every plucky player that had the temerity to enter and expect some good cheer all around.

"I ain't no party pooper..This place is pooped!"

This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In.

Inspired in part by a Willie Nelson track for the early 2000s called "I never came in here (and I ain't leavin')" and in other parts by an effect on the rhythm track that had Dave Graney asking Clare Moore to drape and slide a string of pearls over her ride and crash cymbals , "don't hit ‘em, just let them down onto the surface and then lift them off...."
This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In.

Yes the players always take the rap. Don't you know it's the rooms? There's always a post mortem, around the cortpse of the night.
"and I died, many times, sometimes I think I might have-lived to die!"

This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In.

"you got all these security guards-you got all the right drinks! your number ones are number twos! stinkin’the joint up! 

This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In. "

The song has become an instant live classic. Lights up all the rooms we chuck it into. Like a good blues groove should. Available at itunes and Bandcamp now.

Next release is coming NEXT WEEK. It's more of a  country-politan groover called I BEEN TRENDY.

Dave Graney and the mistLY UK/Euro dates 2016


21 AVRIL le bistrot de la cité , RENNES
22 AVRil le galion LORIENT
23 AVRIL le jam session VANNES
25th April - Azay, France
27th April, Aignan, France
28th April Hossegor, France
April 30th - Amsterdam Blues Cafe Maloe Melo
May 1st - Graceland BBQAmsterdam
May 2nd
Cafe CHAFF - Brussels 
Thursday May 5th and Friday 6th the Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon rd, Farringdon,London

SALFORD and the first set at ATP

The Salford show was a small room adjoined to a cute pub in a grim looking backstreet. Old school Salford surroundings. The Eagle Inn. The band room was a terrace house with the ceiling knocked out. People could look down from a  mezzanine area onto the stage. A lot like the old 12 bar club in Denmark street, Soho.
Poppycock were an 8 piece band, all female save for the drummer, led by Una Baines who was an original member of the Fall from 1976-78. That means she must have played on "repetition", one of the few pop songs to name-check contemporary power names President Carter and Chairman Mao.
They had lots of harmonies, guitar, keys and flute and a variety of feels. Loved the track "Cleaning Woman".

We played our regular tour set we had been cooking up, though tonight we had a go at "chads car" and "you're just too hip, baby". (Because Una asked for it).

Health was slowly improving though Clare and Stu are still coughing like miners.

Thanks to Bob Osborne for helping to organizing the gig. 

We made our way to Wales the next day. A drive that took a couple of hours.

We arrived and got set up in our chalet and caught the Necks who opened proceedings.  I always want them to just slip into a nice groove like ELPs version of fanfare For A Common Man. Didn't happen. Again.

We were intending to play two shows, one that night and one on Sunday and thought we might as well do the same set in the two different rooms. The Festival booklet had it written that I was set to do a solo set though. Not having brought an acoustic guitar I did a  set with an electric through a Vox amp on very clean settings with Stu Thomas on bass and vocals and Clare Moore on percussion and vocals.
We did songs like....

I wanna get lost again
anchors aweigh
you put a spell on me
saturday night bath
I will have always been here before  ( as an homage to Roky Erickson)
my schthick weighs a ton
chads car
rock'n'roll is where I hide
all our friends were stars
everything was legendary with Robert
a woman skinnies a man up

It went down really well and sounded great.
Clare and Stu were heaving up for air and coughing madly after each song.
A hardcore roadie told me I was part Jonathan Richman and part Scott Walker. High praise!

Later that night we saw Roky Erikson play an amazingly good show . A young band fully committed to backing him on a set on Thirteenth Floor Elevators tracks. The guitarist was excellent. The sound was a bit too much on the big bass drum side of things but I got used to ignoring it and loved the show. Roky sat front of stage with a  big hollow body and sang every tune- lots of words in those songs. The last three songs were "I've got levitation", "Reverberation" ( which really took off) and "you're gonna miss me". They came back on to encore with a solo track , "two headed dog". Amazing how many characters from that psychedelic period Roky has outlived!

The next day we caught Stewart Lee do a whole comedy show in the room we'd played in teh night before. A great live performer.
We also saw the Raincoats who must be one of the most difficult acts to describe. Three woman, violin, guitar, monosynth, bass and electric guitar. Three singers, not really harmonizing, just all singing. Not at all slick, pretty loose and wild. Riveting.

The highlight of the day was seeing Giant Sand. Howe Gelb and two guys from Tucson on guitars and a bass player, drummer and female pedal steel player from Copenhagen. Loved the songs and the dynamics. Howe is like a country singer. One minute he's talking and then you realize he's singing. You don't see the shift in gears. He played mostly electric guitar but also gave space to the two other guys to sing a tune while he changed a string and came back with a different hat to sing a great, upbeat (?) version of "he stopped loving her today". Some bloke dressed like an old hobo called Jason Lyttle came on for two songs which everybody went mad over but he was a lot straighter in his chords and delivery. I just wanted Howe's moody, dark eye-browed, grey weirdness. Excellent!

The Fall played after this. People will forever be asking , "what was that all about?" Powerful band, drilled and tense with such clarity. Then Mark.


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 - available $20 via Paypal


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-Available $20 via Paypal

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

Night of the Wolverine-1993-Reissued 2004 w/extra tracks from the future-available $20 via paypal


It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal