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WA's wide open landscapes, ever-changing skyline and boomtown growing pains are the backdrop to Americana artist Davey Craddock’s acclaimed songwriting. And like the city he’s based in, Craddock and his band The Spectacles' profile has steadily grown in the past 18 months. The band have been nominated for WAMi Awards (Folk Song Of the Year and Best Country Act), WA Country Music Awards (Best Songwriter, Best Act), added to the bill of the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival and named in Americana blogs Sun 209 (Nashville) and Post To Wire’s (Sydney) yearly best of lists. In 2014 DC & The Spectacles were also invited to play two sell out shows supporting WA folk icons The Waifs between putting the finishing touches on their debut album (2015 release).

In full-band format, Craddock is backed by some of WA’s most lauded players - drummer Todd Pickett (Kill Devil Hills, 2013 WAMi Multi-instrumentalist of the Year), guitarist Luke Dux (The Floors, 2013 WAMi Guitarist of the Year), bassist Pete Stone (former Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia) and pianist Mo Wilson.

"Perth's version of The Band, with uber-talented musicians surrounding Craddock, complementing his poignant storytelling perfectly" The West Australian. Americana music inspired by WA's sprawling landscape and boomtown growing pains.

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Better Alone (2015)
Songwriter - Davey Craddock

We should’ve got married
We should’ve bought a home
Put our eggs in one basket, and packed up everything that we own

And the first time I met you
I should’ve turned back
Seen the tags on your cheap suit and kicked your shins and left it at that

But I knew we could make it
Cream curtains we’d by
Those long boring breakfasts dressing gowns and dumb fights

Better alone
Such a long way from home
Where’d we go wrong
Yeh we’re better alone

And your breath smelt like ANZAC day
Bitumen and horse shit
Yeh I knew you’d been walking
Yeh I knew you’d been hit

And your friends were so boring
Their jeans all fit right
Teeth like white picket fences
All the right tickets to ride

Better alone
Such a long way from home
Where’d we go wrong
Yeh we’re better alone

And those love songs weren’t meant to end this way
It’s all straight line, clean cuts and no fray
It’s all come go, cheers, tears, please just stay
Hold the credits, fade to grey

Better alone
Such a long way from home
Where’d we go wrong
Yeh we’re better alone

credits

released January 2, 2015
Written and performed by Davey Craddock
Drums - Todd Pickett
Lead guitar - Luke Dux
Bass - Pete Stone
Keys - Mo Wilson
Produced by Dan Carroll and Matt Gio and RADA Studios

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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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