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"Peaceful Bay is a song I wrote while hiking the Bibbulmun track (a 1003 km track from Perth to Albany). Peaceful Bay is one of the only towns on the track where you camp in a settlement and not in the bush and it’s inspired by a girl a friend and I met in the townsite. She said she’d just moved down there from Perth, was pregnant and had morning sickness. We were knackered and didn’t have time to talk and properly meet her but I thougth it was a really brave and unusual move to come from the city to this tiny, isolated fishing town. So by torchlight in a hot tent I filled in the blanks and made up what I thought her story may have been and that formed the basis for the song."

"In the studio we were going for quite a grand Augie March, Triffidsy kind of vibe. We were trying to evoke isolation and heaps of space but also the wild coastline that’s just around the corner from there. The creeky lap steel at the start reminds me of the boat ropes creeking and rubbing at night.” Davey Craddock on the writing and recording of Peaceful Bay.

Recorded live to tape at Perth’s RADA Studios with his band The Spectacles, new single Peaceful Bay comes hot on the heels of a big 2015 for Davey which saw Better Alone, the first single from debut City West (Released Feb 5) added to rotation on Double J, extensive national radio play and touring, a WA Music Award nomination and critical acclaim from the indie folk and alt-country community -“his name has been plastered all over the blogosphere and everyone seems to be singing his praises”, said the Timber & Steel blog.

Peaceful Bay is from the forthcoming album City West released February 5

lyrics

Seven bags of clothes and a fan in a station wagon

500 kms she hopes is gonna make it happen

Just old enough to drive

Met him on Australia day night

20 caravans and a satellite dish

No pub, corner store’s only selling fish

Coffee shop chats goodbye

Got a fisherman on the bite

And it’s a job behind the counter in general store

10 hour days and her feet are getting sore

Scuse me sir gotta case of morning sickness

Yeh Peaceful Bay’s not as simple as the name says

Youngest in a town where the kettles scale and rust

Where the light’s cotton soft but the rocks golden rough

Those 2 o’clock turning tides

Floating home to see his bride

Gonna meet him at the boat ramp damp kinda hug

As the white gumboots squeek over the dock

And the ropes keep pulling tight

It’s all gonna be alright

Job behind the counter in the general store

10 hour days and her feet are getting sore

Scuse me sir I got the morning sickness

Yeh Peaceful Bay’s not as simple as the sign says

Ah won’t you get the car started she thinks it’s time

Another twist in the net another tangle in the line

credits

released January 12, 2016
Davey Craddock - vocal and guitar
Luke Dux - lead guitar and slide
Todd Pickett - drums
Pete Stone - bass
Mo Wilson - keys
Recorded and mixed at RADA Studios by Matt Gio and Dan Carroll
Mastered by William Bowden

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Davey Craddock & The Spectacles Perth, Australia

Cracked asbestos fences, tangled romances in fishing towns, the smell of horse shit on ANZAC day and a hommus-stained taxi receipt - welcome to the world of City West, the debut album from West Australian singer songwriter Davey Craddock released Feb 5

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