I can’t forget the bill that hot night at the Palace in St. Kilda many years ago…The show opened with a guy called Dave Graney, the song and dance man, the loveable rogue, ‘the love rustler’ with his Coral Snakes, and the serene Clare Moore keeping everything together in the back. Then the Cruel Sea shambled onstage with Tex Perkins, tearing a hole in the night, a bellowing, rancid Lizard King in a ripped Jaws t-shirt. Finally, the Bad Seeds, with Cave mounting the fold-back, capes flowing in an impossible wind, like some perverse southern gothic evangelist, braying to the raptured who were already certain to be damned, and didn’t care. The Palace heaved that night with sweat and obscenity. And we were right there, in Melbourne, at the molten core of the rock world, drinking in the magma. Not even a thousand beers as we poured out of there, and drifted over the tram tracks to the Esplanade, could calm us down and quell the charge. But it was the unstoppable Graney, in his natty jumpsuit, with his wit, and his ways, dipping into the slow chords of ‘Night of the Wolverine’, that we knew we’d found a poet, whose lines were etched like the statue of Carlo Catarni outside and had announced himself, that night, there and then, as a put-down-your-glassss superstar. xo
They are a tight band, and with Graney’s chameleon qualities, oscillate from the Iggy Pop via David Lynch film score of “bodysnatcher blues” , the cinematic “So Easy’ to the dark glam disco of “Dylan the Indie Fake”.
Graney is a modern zeitgeist (dare I say it) , almost Bowie-esque. The wonderfully epic “2068 Babe” closes the album with fuzz guitars,electronica and a chorus of tropical birds. Its a little bit Goldfrapp, kind of Hendrix, with a touch of Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders, but in execution is pure Graney. Catherine Gale- Advocate - Tasmania.
If I asked you, out of any artist in the world, who was going to put out a record that combined the soul funk of classic era Sly Stone with perverse wigged out lyrics, who would you choose? Your five seconds are up and the glorious answer is Dave Graney and the mistLY. This is a stunning, weird, trip to a strange land. Ben Michaels – Rhythms
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Dec 26th - Dave Graney and Clare Moore will be playing their annual BOXING DAY show at the Hotel Metro in Adelaide.
January 3rd Dave Graney solo at MONA in Hobart. January 4th Dave Graney solo at the Homestead in Hobart.
January 24th Dave Graney and the mistLY will be playing at the Winnebago Lounge (Caravan Music Club)1 Victor Rd, Bentleigh East VIC Tickets here.
photo - Barry Douglas
40 minute interview with Dave Graney by ABC's Richard Fidler- ranging across entire career and life.
From 2012 we have been billed as dave
graney and the mistLY
a few words about the mistLY Stuart Perera plays guitar in our band, the
mistLY. He was born in '77,
the year I pretty much thought about playing music. We had another
guitar player Bill Miller (who hasn’t played with us for seven
years) had a number one record with his band , the Ferrets in the same
year. We had no trouble talking about musical ideas because we all
like playing music. Its like solving a series of problems, or walking
across some abstract plane that keeps changing as you set each foot
down. Some times its like a 3 dimensional field and you can see where
the notes and the beats fall before it happens. Other times its like
a fogged battlefield. Does that make us diggers! Cripes!
Bill went off for a walk a while ago. 2005. He was “gonna be some
time”. Actually I started to play more guitar and there wasn’t
the room or the moolah. Clare Moore and I have played music together the whole way. Since 1978.
We have shared our terrestrial life as well. We get to run out on that
abstract field and we are fully manifest there. We know that. We don't
talk about it much , we just know it. The band is completed by our bass
player Stuart Thomas and, sometimes , our jazz fellow traveller. Mark
Fitzgibbon. (He is full of talk, spending so much of his time in a completely
abstract, instrumental world. He loves to talk of the indignities that
come your way as you live a musical life. Each outrage is documented
and recast to his new audience, us, in even grizzler detail.) Mark has
been living in Shanghai for the last year or so, playing piano in a jazz
band five nights a week.
Stu Thomas plays in the Surrealists with Kim Salmon. He also plays his
own music with the Stu Thomas Paradox and with Jane Dust and the Giant
Hoopoes (who also feature Clare Moore).
Anyway, we all meet up, like the Wild Bunch and deal with whatever spotfire
or situation I have gotten us into. Its not like a band where the experience
has all been shared. We all came by a different route. We've all been up
and we've all been down. We like to play in this field, this area we know
how to operate in. Its like being a pro gambler or a fighter I guess, only
the stoned will know. Memory doesn't have much to do with it. We've had
to make up some other way to speak with each other. We can't just refer
to past battle plans and victories or defeats. Its always been new. We
have to go over the top together. Stuart Perera has played on every album since “the Dave Graney Show” in
1998 the year that broke on us after we finished playing with the Coral
Snakes. It was my idea to finish that scene and start again. I needed to
do it. Stuart was playing at a VCA jazz youth concert and I asked him to
play for us. I was lucky, . He also plays around Melbourne clubs very regularly
in a funk outfit. He is highly match fit. Not at all indie either.
Adele Pickvance played bass on that Dave Graney Show cd and several that
followed. She left to rejoin the Go Betweens. Stu Thomas has played with
us since 2004 and made his recorded debut on “keepin’ it unreal” in
Most albums we have made have include about 40% of material recorded and
played completely at our Ponderosa studio by Clare Moore and myself. The
rest we have gone into a bigger room/ studio and laid down tracks with
pic tony mahiony
art tony mahony
*****David Graney & Clare
Moore Discography (retrospectively) ****
dave graney and clare moore - LETS GET TIGHT - CD on COCKAIGNE APRIL 2017
Once I Loved The Torn Ocean's Roar - 80s/90s Demos Vol 2 - dave graney - COCKAIGNE - digital only album at itunes and Bandcamp.
"THE MERCURY YEARS" 4 disc set of albums
recorded for Universal 1994-97. Includes teh disc of rarities and unreleased
tracks "Lobster palace
royalty" "POINT BLANK" and "LIVE IN
two digital only live narrative show albums via Bandcamp. 2013
Harry Howard and the NDE "PRETTY" (Spooky records
DAMES (Cockaigne - distributed through MGM) September 2013 soundtrack to the movie JOHNNY
GHOST (digital only release 2013)
been in my mind (dave graney and the mistLY - Cockaigne - 2012) Harry Howard and
the NDE "near death experience" (SPOOKY records 2012) "ROCK'N'ROLL
IS WHERE I HIDE" (dave graney and the lurid yellow
mist - LIBERATION 2011)
Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist- Cockaigne/Fuse 2010)
Knock Yourself Out(Dave Graney- Cockaigne/Fuse-
2009) We Wuz Curious(The Lurid Yellow
Mist - Illustrious Artists 2008)
Rock Formations - (Salmon (Bang! 2007)
Keepin' it Unreal (Dave Graney and Clare Moore...featuring Stu
D . Reverberation2006/7)
Hashish and Liquor,(Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Reverberation 2005)
The Brother who lived, (the Royal Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2003) The soundtrack to the movie Bad Eggs (David Graney and Clare
Moore,Liberation,2003) Two Fisted Art (the Moodists, WMinc, 2003) Heroic Blues (the Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2002) The Third Woman (Clare Moore solo CD, Chapter Music 2001) Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (the Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2000) The Dave Graney Show (the Dave Graney Show, Festival 1998) The Devil Drives (Coral Snakes, Universal 1997) The Soft'n'Sexy Sound (Coral Snakes, Universal 1995) You wanna be there (Coral Snakes, Universal 1994) Night of the wolverine (Coral Snakes, Universal 1993) Lure of the tropics (Coral Snakes, Torn and Frayed 1992) I was the hunter and I was the prey (Coral Snakes, Fire 1992) My life on the plains (White Buffaloes, 1990) Double Life (the Moodists, 1985) Thirstys Calling (the Moodists, 1984) Engine Shudder (the Moodists, 1982)
DAVE GRANEY album FEARFUL WIGGINGS. Clare Moore played keys, vibes, percussion
and sang all through it as well.