Q&A Scene: Dave Graney

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes Sydney 2015 - Pic Jonathan Anderson

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
[pullquote]I’m a Vintage Melbourne Groover. Straight out of country South Australia and forged in 80s London. Also, I’m from the future. [/pullquote]Well I have been having a single release out every month this year. Digital releases . The June single is called “Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In)”.

Its a song about people feeding their thoughts and general brain phantoms directly into social media, so they are always OUT of their minds. I have been enjoying writing and recording song every month, it’s been like a songwriting jag like no other for me. Really trying for brevity and clarity. All about songs.

At the same time we are doing return show with Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes. That’s myself , Clare Moore on drums, Rod Hayward on guitar and Robin casinader on keys (original band) joined by Stu Thomas on bass. We did some shows last year and had such a great time playing the songs and playing together that we thought we’d do it again. Last year was South of the River at me and this year its at a more rock n roll venue north side , the Corner Hotel. We’re very happy to be also playing with two great Melbourne bands, the Sand Pebbles and the Ancients.

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes 1994 clip for I’m Gonna Release Your Soul- shot in one take on film by Tony Mahony who did all our covers and clips

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes 1997 ARIA award winning clip for Feelin Kinda Sporty by Tony Mahony. One of three Triple J Hottest 100 entries in this period.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I’ve liked all the singles we’ve put out this year. They’ve been very varied. “I’m A Good Hater” was all driving acoustic and synth bass, “This Is The Deadest PlaceI’ve Ever Died In” was a total fuzz bass worked electro jam, “I Been Trendy” was like a stretch denim JJ Cale/Leon Russell groove, “Drifting Donna Reed” was jazz pop and name-checked Charlie Parker and Donna Reed- lots of backing vocals and funk in the keys and “Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In)” came in at under tree minutes (rare for me) and dressed in some great West Coast harmonies courtesy of Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
We played in Wales in April at the last ATP festival and had a great time on a bill with Roky Erickson, Giant Sand , the Raincoats, the Necks (only other Australian band invited) Stewart Lee and the Fall. We also played two sold out shows in London. Both gigs had people coming along who’d known myself and Clare Moore from our time in the Moodists in the early 80s and the first Coral Snakes period in London in the late 80s and early 90s. It was different to how we are seen in Australia.

What, or who, inspires you?
I love to listen to jazz, hip hop and country singers. Personally I probably draw most in my music from the era I grew up in, the Golden Age Of Classic 70s rock, AM pop, disco and then punk. Also , literature and poetry. Over the last few years I have always been reading either John Cowper Powys, Wyndham lewis, iris Murdoch or Doris Lessing.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Well it would probably mean being able to play it as well. “Little Johnny jewel” by television, “Eight Miles High” by the Byrds, “when it began” by Paul Westerberg, “Hazey Jane 1 and 2” by Nick Drake, “across 110th street” by Bobby Womack, “Brooklyn owes the charmer in me” by Steely Dan (any of their songs) or “Berserk Warriors” by Mental as Anything.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
My music isn’t really that earthy. I like abstraction and people high on ideas . I like technique and tones. Maybe my music would be more like an energy source or an aroma.

What’s next for you?
Well I am actually sitting in my studio recording a song for July release. Its called “You Need a Kleek, Klook”. We’re also doing more shows with Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in Adelaide and Brisbane. There is also a new Harry Howard and the NDE album threatening to come out as well. Its sounding amazing.

What’s your scene?
I’m a Vintage Melbourne Groover. Straight out of country South Australia and forged in 80s London. Also, I’m from the future. No worries.

About Dave Graney

Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986. They then played with the White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes from 1987-1997. Then the Royal Dave Graney Show and Lurid Yellow Mist. Now it’s the mistLY. Graney and Moore joined by Stuart Perera (guitar since 1998) and Stu Thomas (bass since 2004). dave graney and the mistLY.

Roughly 30 albums into their career.

Releasing a single each month in 2016. The latest is credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In)

This followed :
Drifitng Donna Reed-May
I Been Trendy-April
This Is The Deadest Place I’ve Ever Died In (March)
I’m A Good Hater (February)

Recently returned from a 17 date tour of Europe.

Tour Dates

Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes July 9th at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne.

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes July 9th at the Corner Hotel – Melbourne

Harry Howard and the NDE – Grandview Hotel, Fairfield, Vic

Harry Howard and the NDE July 23rd Croxton Park Hotel

Dave Graney and the mistLY play the Grandview Hotel in Fairfield,Vic
Saturday August 20th

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes – Brisbane Festival (Spiegel Tent) September 3rd

Dave Graney And Clare Moore – Bowral Bowling Club September 16th

Dave Graney and the mistLY – Petersham Bowls – September 17th

Dave Graney And the mistLY – Smith’s Alternative- Canberra September 18th

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes Semaphore Festival (Adelaide) October 2nd


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