was gotten together over a long period. Almost 18 months. Not so much
the recording as much as it was conceived and compiled around a lot of
other furious activity.
(the third dave graney show CD)
CD released July 2002 on the Cockaigne label .
"Heroic- suitable to the character of a hero;daring,noble, intrepid,
determined. What are ya? a fuckin' hero?"
"Blues- colloquial, a fight; a dispute- a mistake- discoloured
by cold, contusion, fear, rage or vascular collapse.-the unknown, the
dim distance;nowhere-"Macquarie dictionary.
The vibe (the scene) Leading
up to "Heroic Blues"
Last CD released "Kiss
tomorrow Goodbye " ( Cockaigne 2000) . Contained "drugs are
wasted on the young" , "out of the loop" and "have
you heard about the Melbourne mafia?")
Significant activities and events since that release.
Constant live performances around Australia. (Favourites included a "mayoral
gala performance variety show" in Mt Gambier SA which saw the band
go on after a dog act and finish the show being surrounded by children
throwing streamers over them. There was also a performance at the Marybinong
detention centre in November 2001, a performance on a Melbourne tram for
PBS FM and our first show at the Meredith festival.)
Live dates (Clare Moore and David Graney with Brooklyn bass player and
songwriter , Spike Priggen) in New York and Boston , November
2000. Also several dates in London with the full Dave Graney Show
line up,( Coincided with bass player Adele Pickvance touring Europe ,
the UK and the USA as a member of the Go Betweens).
Live dates in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, February 2001.
Two months as opening act for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds throughout
Europe and the UK May-June 2001. (Included David Graneys "too close
to death and Pere La Chaise" experience with a bleeding lung infection
and intensive care in Paris). These dates were done by David, Clare and
Stuart Perera with two Edinburgh musicians ( and old friends) , Malcolm
Ross and Ian Macarthur on bass and guitar.
September 2001, Australian theatre tour as opening act for Billy Bragg.
(Several dates in Perth were done with Marty Casey from the Bad Seeds
on bass. Other dates around this time were done with Ken Gormley from
the Cruel Sea on bass).
October 2001 , release of Clare Moores debut solo CD, "the
Third Woman" on Chapter Music.
It's hard to imagine there was
a time when Dave Graney was king of, if not pop, at least the ARIA's.
And it was with an album that included "rock'n'roll is where I hide",
one of the strangest and most insightful songs about the genre. Stranger
still, what Graney is doing these days isn't much different, maybe a little
If Graney has a weakness, it's that he sometimes thinks too much about
what he's doing. He always writes great lyrics, but at times it sacrifices
some warmth and melody. These pitfalls have been avoided this time around;
"Heroic Blues" has a slightly warmer, more organic sound. Graney
seldom forgets to sing a tune.
The music is centred around Graney's purred vocals and textured acoustic
guitar, with strong contributions from Stuart Perera on electric guitar
and long time collaborator Clare Moore on drums and keyboards. The combination
of instruments often recalls a sound from the early seventies when all
bets were off and soul mixed with country, psychedelia and everything
else you could fit onto vinyl.
What hasn't changed is Graney's genius with words. Whether it's by weaving
intricate , mysterious narratives on "son of maggie mae" or
taking snapshots of dark suburbia ("leavin' the Mount"), with
it's talk of "green ginger wine and buddha sticks, chillums ,shotguns
an' panel vans...").
All this culminates in the standout title track, Graneys best song since
the aforementioned "rock'n'roll is where I hide". An interior
monologue from a rock singer past his prime performing in a near empty
venue, it's hilarious, but with enough pathos and autobiographical capacity
to make it transcend joke status.
It's what he does best. Graney makes sharp commentaries on subjects close
to his heart; the music compliments it. Heroic Blues indeed . (8/10)
David Messer, Juice magazine
"Don't Mess with the blood"
Dave Graney advises on the opening track of Heroic Blues, a sentiment
echoed in the buttery call and response harmony vocals by Clare Moore,
Adele Pickvance and Bill Miller. It's a righteous beginning to Graneys
third album with his current lineup, a solid and intuitive backing band
who underline Graneys lyrical meanderings and lead guitarist Stuart Pereras
atmospheric playing. Heroic Blues has a more organic-dreamlike and vagabond
feel than its two predecessors. Graney offers no obvious hooks or radio
friendly punchlines; more like a knowing wink and a crooked finger beckoning
the listener to venture down some winding back alleys. The muted, soulful
sounds are loungey and blithe, and the words segue effortlessly from the
ridiculous to the sublime, offering frequent lyrical pleasures based in
both imagination and irony.With his own peculiar uber cool blend of evocation
and ennui , emotional wisdom and surrealist humour, Dave Graney is still
the only show in town.
Sophie Best, EG
Moodists and Coral
Snakes sections for discography and archival information
dave graney show-
an outstanding album recorded for Festival in 1998
tomorrow goodbye (2000)
third woman (2002)
brother who lived ? (2003)
Hashish ? (2005)
it Unreal (2006)
wuz curious (2008)
yourself out (2009)
is where I hide (2011)
BEEN IN MY MIND (2012)
POINT BLANK and LIVE
IN HELL (digital narrative show albums 2013)
Fearful Wiggings (dave graney solo album 2014)
play mistLY for me(digital only live recordings collection march 2015)
|The Tarwin Lower
pub is somewhat of a legendary institution. Virtually every hard working
Melbourne band has played the hotel, remotely located on the way to Wilsons
promontory. It was in the half empty Tarwin Lower pub that the title track
to the new Dave Graney Show album , "Heroic Blues" was recorded.
The song offers the pivotal moment on the LP. Gone is the confidence, the
bravado, the swagger that has been associated with recent Graney productions,
replaced by a sense of vulnerability and reflection as Graney visits the
depths of introspection that only a handful of paying customers can induce?
How did he get here?
Since his last truly consistent outing , 1995's marvellously realized The
Soft 'n' Sexy Sound , Graney seems to have gone out of his way not to repeat
himself, in the process producing works that simply don't play to his strengths.
It seemed at times as that the creativity of the song titles (Everybody
loves a mass killer, am I wearing something of yours?, no pockets in a jumpsuit
etc.) were more important than the music and the melodies. What has followed
is a sustained period of reduced critical recognition and sales. And while
it may be difficult to approach the album thinking that Graney has done
a u-turn, you are strongly encouraged to do so, because this is a deeply
thoughtful CD, chock full of winning tunes, that will almost certainly put
Dave Graney back on the map.
Opener don't mess with the blood is a beautifully crafted introduction and
possibly his most fully realized song since 1997's man on the make .Featuring
swooning vocal harmonies, it's a gentle late night reflection that sets
the mood for Heroic Blues and opens the door to successive songs of contemplation
and regret. I don't know anything continues the theme and is compelling
, with a brilliant melody to boot. Closing song Are we goin' too fast for
love? is a lyrically rich exploration of a doomed relationship and, again,
is musically supreme.
Out of difficult times, the Dave Graney Show has come up with a work of
real beauty and substance that will be a contender for Australian album
of the year . Welcome home Dave, it's good to have you back.
Glenn Cartledge, Inpress