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The Dames Interview

The Dames Interview

The Dames will soon be heading to Sydney to promote their debut album. On the eve of the tour, we spoke to Clare Moore from the band (also known for her work with Dave Graney).

How did you get your start in the music industry?

I started out in a band called the Moodists, (contemporaries of Nick Cave and the Birthday Party, The GoBetweens, The Triffids). We sent a cassette tape to Rough Trade in London back in 1983, they passed it onto another record company who sent us five tickets to the UK.

Best part of what you do?

Performing live. Playing drums is easily the most enjoyable part.

And the worst part?

Filling in the time between soundcheck and gig.

Any interesting experiences you can share?

I once played a show on the Cocos Islands where we played to the entire population of the main island …120 people!

Favourite album of all time and why?

Forever Changes by the L.A. band Love. I love it because I can’t imagine how Arthur Lee wrote those songs. The Brass and string arrangements are also jaw-dropping.

Best live performance that you’ve ever seen?

The Rock’n’Roll animal concert of Lou Reed back in 1974 was pretty good.

Favourite bars/clubs/pubs to hang out in.

When in Sydney, I like to go to the Red Rattler in Marrickville.

Take us through a typical day in the life of Clare Moore.

Well, I get up, go to the gym in order to be able to carry and play my drums at rehearsals, gigs etc. I also spend a lot of time avoiding cooking and gardening.

What advice would you give to someone looking at getting involved in the music industry?

I would urge them to keep their sense of humour at all costs.

Any news or final comments?

Come along to the Red Rattler on Friday 13th December to see two amazing Melbourne bands launch their new albums…The Dames and Harry Howard and the NDE.

© Danny Canak

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