Hailing from Melbourne, there are very few Australian musicians with the longevity that Dave Graney boasts. He’s worked with his musical companion Claire Moore for over thirty years and it’s safe to say that they don’t let their post-punk influenced attitudes evaporate with maturity.
“Other people our age don’t make music like us,” Graney says simply. “Usually older musicians are supposed to make sad music, and we don’t do that. Or they drink too much, and we don’t do that either. But that’s the way people expect older musicians to be – sad old drunks.”
Graney has created over thirty different albums with a variety of groups and his latest offering, Fearful Wiggings, is “probably only the second one that is classed as a solo-record,” he says.
Creating the album acoustically in between promotion for Moore’s latest outfit, The Dames, Graney is more than excited to stretch his legs and bring songs such as lead single, Everything was Legendary With Robert, to life.
“We’re doing a bit of a different presentation on these dates. For the last five to 10 years I have loved doing upbeat, high-energy band shows in clubs but this year I wanted to do something different, with a different kind of tempo and performance.
“We’re playing a place called The Piping Hot Chicken Shop. I’m looking forward to that one as I’m hoping it will all be mad surfers.”
Age and genre hold no barriers for Graney. Admitting being influenced by Sex Pistols, Suicide and The Fall to name but a few, it’s apparent from further conversation that the soundtrack to his travels around the nation will be quite unexpected.
“I’m pretty cool, me,” Graney says with a slight chuckle. “[Claire and I] both love Tupac’s All Eyes On Me. We both think that is a real high point. I know the production of it is a bit dated, but he was such a great character. I also love all of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter albums. I don’t like the experimental ones in between, but with Tha Carter it’s just amazing. I love his voice and I think he’s such an interesting character.
“They always talk about how to do business, and it’s a way of talking about things that’s interesting, rather than just talking about love all the time,” says Graney. (CD)
Jul 3, Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, $24.70, camelotlounge.wordpress.com