released on Cockaigne, April 2017. Front cover, Tony Mahony.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore CD Let's Get Tight available at iTunes and Bandcamp now.
1: I'm A Good Hater
2: This Is the Deadest Place I'Ve Ever Died In
3: I Been Trendy
4: Drifting Donna Reed
5: Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In)
6: You Need A Kleek, Klook
7: Rupert's Pet's Grave
8: Let's Kick This Mob Out
9: Matey, From On High
10: I Ain't Hi Vis
11: I Need To Be Hot
12: Be Sad For Me
13: How Long Does The Raunch?
14: I'm Never Off
all songs written by Dave Graney Copyright Control except for I'm A Good Hater - words Dave Graney - music dave Graey and Clare Moore. I'm Never Off - words Dave Graney, music Clare Moore.
(p) cockaigne 2017
Let's Get Tight is the new album from Dave
Graney and Clare Moore.
Recorded from Feb 2016 to March 2017. Concentrating on writing, recording and releasing a digital single every month.
Recorded and mixed at their studio in the hills of Melbourne, the Ponderosa. Dave Graney sings, plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass and some keys. Clare Moore plays drums, percussion, keys, vibes and marimba and also sings.
Guests include mistLY bass player Stu Thomas on trumpet and backing vocals, Matt Walker on harmonica, Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien on backing vocals. Drifting Donna Reed is based on a 2007 track recorded by Dave Graney and the mistLY called I Like To Be Haunted and features Stu Thomas on bass, Stuart Perera on guitar and Mark Fitzgibbon on keys.
Georgio “the dove” Valentino plays guitar on I’m Never Off.
All tracks recorded, mixed and produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Remastered for CD release for people who prefer physical musical artefacts.
Cover art by Tony Mahony who has worked with Graney and Moore since Lure Of The Tropics in 1992.
This is roughly the or 25th or 26th stand-alone physical album from Graney and Moore. Not counting compilations (three), film soundtrack albums (two) and digital only albums (five).
Last physical album from Dave Graney was Fearful Wiggings in 2014. Last album from Clare Moore was The Dames in 2015.
In the meantime they released two digital albums of 90’s demos (Night Of the Wolverine and Songwriter Demos and Once I loved the Torn Ocean’s Roar – 90’s Demos Volume Two), a live digital album (Play mistLY For Me) and also three albums as members of Harry Howard and the NDE.
In 2017 they are playing shows as Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes, Dave Graney and the mistLY and Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Every month we set ourselves the task to write , record and release a song digitally. (This will be continuing). It got us into a different state of mind just concentrating on each packet of sound at a time. Not focussing on a band dynamic, just working at the songs. When a band gets a groove it likes, it tends to drift back to that grove again and again - within a song. When you're not thinking or moving inside a song inside a band, you just do whats right for the scene you have going on. We'd always loved the way 70s roots reggae would sometimes see producers using the same rhythm tracks for several songs. We took some of thee drum parts from old songs and indeed used the entire rhythm track fro I Like To be Haunted (2007) to build Drifting Donna Reed. Other tracks sprang from complete new drum machine generated grooves, others from guitar chords and licks and newly recorded drum tracks. It was all focussed on short, snappy songs and with Be Sad For Me(the song sequence is that which happened in real time, each month) I broke the three minute barrier. Thats always been hard for me. Clare pushed the clock back out to over five minutes by I'm Never Off.
I thought of the album title as in that dipsomaniacal thirties film speak ..... "Let's get tight" as in lets get drunk. I have since been told it might have other meanings too. I like it when words are so allusive and elusive". Dave Graney
I'm A Good Hater is a positively, gleeful yet POISONOUS brag about HATING on something or someone. Hard. But Fair.
The singer says he's "a rank detester/a super loather/a champion raspberry blower/ a righteous disliker...."
Driving acoustic guitar, synth bass, tambourine, wah wah, handclaps and more synth lay down the texture and the tarmac for the singer to stroll out on.
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.
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...."
Yes the players always take the rap. Don't you know it's the rooms? There's always a post mortem, around the corpse of the night. I Been Trendy is a loose, lithe,loping acoustic groove by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The third digital release for 2016. Kind of a JJ Cale/ Leon Russell feel about it. Yes, Oklahoman I guess you could say.
A stretch denim sunset sound with seagulls and waves joining in one of the verses.
Drifting Donna Reed. A funk workout from the rhythm track of a mistLY song recorded in 2007. Done in the reggae tradition of re-using backing tracks. Elements of this track came from I like To be Haunted from the 2007 classic album WE WUZ CURIOUS. New arrangement, instruments and vocal. New song!
A meditation on memory and popular culture. Be Bop giant Charlie Parker had a track called Drifting On A Reed". Dave Graney thought one day, "Drifting Donna Reed" - why not? Donna Reed, an unrelated artist, she starred famously in It's a Wonderful Life and her own 60's tv show. How to bring people together around shared imagery drifting through their minds?
Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In). “If songs can be approached either via the words or the music I certainly approached this from a musical direction. A couple of chords from another song of mine, moving my hands around the fretboard. Some more notes, thinking of a vague early 80s post punk feel, maybe dampening the root notes like Booker T and the MG’s, then putting the song down. A guitar line suggesting a vocal line. Fitting a lyric to that – “you talk too much” Kind of like a cranky old blues line. Thinking on surveillance and people offering themselves up on social media platforms. Then some harmonies highlighting another phrase, “are you out of your mind?” – leading to another, a dire warning, “get back in!” Visitors to the studio Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien add some more harmonies- sounding like the 5th Dimension. West Coast pop at least. Keeping it to 3 minutes- a trick I’d never been able to pull before!”
You Need A Kleek, Klook. A song about looking for a home, a place to identify with and come from. As a performer or as a person, it helps to have a story - "you need a time and a place and a story- you need a push". (Push is an Australian term for a "crew". A Clique). Klooks Kleek was a club in West Hampstead, London in the 60s and 70s. A teen Dave Graney had an album by John Mayall recorded "live at klooks kleek”. Sounded like a happening place! It flew up like a bird into the mythological turrets of his mind, and came back out here in this song. Later he lived nearby and went to shows there when it was the Moonlight Club.
Reaching for a majestic, mythic tone. Twelve string acoustic guitar, bass, piano and synths against a rhythm machine and a heavily reverbed tambourine. Pop music in that Procul / May 68 style and tone.
Rupert's Pet's Grave. Stereo pick burns lead us into a trippy suspended opening and then into the poppest groove Dave Graney has cooked up in a while. This song has a killer chorus!
12 string guitar, pounding tom toms and a beat on the ONE that would do Mental As Anything proud. All laced , buttoned and hemmed with harmonies straight from the classic modes.
A whimsical song.
Once upon a time!
Matey,From On High."A jazzy groover. Swinging beat with much action on the ride. The chords eternally rising.
A phrase I read in a book by modernist (early 20th century) author and painter Wyndham Lewis.(a big favourite of Captain Beefheart)
"Matey,From On High". This is how, I am sometimes told, I relate to people. Or maybe, how I hope that I do.
Also another of my songs worrying about the faux intimacy of the digital age".
Lets kick this mob out!
A loose thought made into a song during the 2016 Australian election. Revisited and remixed in October 2016. Still seemed relevant. Seems it'll never get old.
"We've taken the sugar off the table" was how then immigration minister Scott Morrison explained , as he was closing any loopholes, any hopes that asylum seekers may have had of entering Australia. He was so proud of himself.
A driving latin beat courtesy of Clare Moore and her vintage Gretsch kit. Dave Graney on electric and acoustic guitars, vocals and bass.
I Ain't HI Vis.
"Hi Vis" are the orange and yellow clothes people working outdoors or in building sites wear, so they can be seen. Dave Graney is known for flash clothes, indeed , in this song he sings "I ain't got no tools - just flash clothes". But Dave Graney and Clare Moore ain't Hi Vis. "They're underworld". They don't really want to be but that's where they are.
I Need To Be Hot.
Debate has raged in contemporary circles for many years as to whether it is better to be "hot" or "cool". Hipsters - and those who can afford to casually play with time - prefer "cool". (Also drug related). Dave Graney opts for fire and heat on this controversial track. I Need To Be Hot.
Not TRENDY and certainly not COOL. Just HOT.
A bass sound straight out of a 70's reggae studio and clean guitar lines straight out of a televised marquee moon meet a swinging ride cymbal beat and a chorus of dive bombing electric guitar pick burns. And the lyric insistently states that the singer "needs to be hot - sorry to be so cold..."
Be Sad For Me.
A pop blues and at 2:38, a real breakthrough of the three minute barrier for songwriter Dave Graney. “When you play your songs with a band it’s always fun to hit a groove and often you all want to go back and repeat those grooves. Writing songs and focussing on the dynamics of that packet of sound and melody, you don’t get carried away like that and often it’s best to just hint at things. Once.”.
Acoustic guitars, drums, bass, harmonica (by Matt Walker), vocals and vibes.
Descending chords and a wide open sound.
The lyric? Cruel and distracted- or maybe a natural reaction from a modern citizens to the daily viewing of tragedy and horror in the world- the singer is asking the listener to FEEL for him. What is it? Compassion fatigue? Crying it forward? You do it!
How Long Does the Raunch?
Starts with jazz guitar chords and vocals. Then Drum Machine, Vibes, Marimba and electric guitar.
Over stimulation. Modern life is demanding. Filling a dude with images and feels, emotions dragged and pulled out, demanded.
Follow up to Be Sad For Me and coming from a similar direction. This time worrying about "normalization" of images of violence and sex and the immediate, thrilling power they have. How they are described as "raunchy". Kind of cute. Gaddafi on youtube getting hunted and hacked and kicked by a mob. Starving children in third world countries. Can you unsee such things? How long do "raunchy" things stay plain old raunchy? Do they get stale or do you? How long do they stay? Stay "raunchy"? What happens to you?What do you do with it? What does it do to you?
I'm Never Off.
5:15 prog pop. Music by Clare Moore, words by Dave Graney. Features psych guitar by Georgio "the dove" Valentino.
"I'm never off/I'm always ON"
Graney and Moore's DOORS obsession is right to the fore here. All set to a one note bass line which wassuggested by tehe pulsing of the organ/Leslie speaker - which was put down first.
Dave Graney, vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and some keys Clare Moore, drums, percussion,vocals, vibes, keys, marimba.
Stu Thomas, trumpet and vocals Matey, From On High. Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett (Go Go Sapien),vocals on Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In)and Matey, From On High. Matt Walker, harmonica on Be Sad For Me Georgio "the dove" Valentino, guitar on I'm Never Off.
Drifting Donna Reed is based on an edit of the backing track for I Like To be Haunted from We Wuz Curious and features Stu Thomas on bass, Stuart Perera on guitar and Mark Fitzgibbon on keys as well as Graney and Moore on newly added guitars, keys and vocals.
mastered by Greg Wadley
Cover illustration by Tony Mahony.
Recorded Jan 2016 to March 2017 at the Ponderosa.
Recorded,mixed by Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Ponderosa
Produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.