Dave Graney might not be topping the charts and riding the wave of commercial success across the country, but there’s little argument among most circles he is, without a doubt, a true legend of the Oz music industry.
Alongside drummer, wife and creative partner Clare Moore, Graney has performed with The Moodists (1978-1986) and The White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes (1987-1997), as well as The Dave Graney Show, The Royal Dave Graney Show and Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist. With any more names to his face, Interpol might be on to him. The truth is, according to the man himself, every time a band member leaves, the name changes slightly. Now there’s a change without anybody having left as 2012 heralds the arrival of Dave Graney & The MistLY.
Graney is nothing if not prolific, having released more than 25 albums with his various projects and enjoying critical acclaim for most. He received ARIA recognition between 1994 and 2003 when he won Best Male Artist twice for the 1996 album Soft N Sexy and the 1997 follow-up The Devil Drives. He has collaborated over the journey with Australian music icons Tex Perkins and ex-Models Andrew Duffield and Sean Kelly and has toured alongside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and countless others. In addition to his music career, Graney has also spent time as an author, with his second book, 1001 Australian Nights, released last year and concentrating on his life as an artist and performer.
The new album, You’ve Been In My Mind, will drop in June and, in support, Graney will venture down south to the Mornington Peninsula to perform at Baha in Rye. With him will be Moore, as well as the rest of The MistLY: Stuart Perera and Stu Thomas. For those unsure of what to expect, think 70s sound with post-punk sensibility. According to Graney, it’s “always well turned out, not very ‘indie’ or ‘rootsy’, but up-tempo. Mouthy in a sly way and occasionally sinister!”
Find out exactly what that means live, or check out www.thedavegraneyshow.com
This article appeared in Issue #5 of Pearl Magazine. For more info on PEARL, head to their website or www.facebook.com/pearlmagazine