“Craddock’s uniquely Australian power of observation and gift of storytelling is matched by an uncanny knack for creating classic hooks”
The Australian - Four Stars
“City West is a world class introduction to one of this country’s finest singer-songwriters”
The Music - Four Stars
“That’s what sets [him] apart... little nuances come through and you know you’re listening to an Aussie singing a song” Paul Gough Radio National
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.
Recorded live to tape with his band The Spectacles and released in February 2016, the album is the culmination of a big 12 months for Craddock which saw singles Better Alone and Girls Light Fires added to rotation on Double J and ABC Radio, three national tours, a WA Music Award and WAM Song of the Year nominations and critical acclaim from the indie, folk and alt-country communities.
Born in Southwest WA, Craddock’s songwriting is about the grey areas between the city and country - the culturally and physically messy collision of the sleepy fringe with the bustling centre.
City West sees a songwriter moving straight into the middle of a once- in-a-lifetime boom town and singing about a place in rapid, chaotic flux. Some of his characters want to get out fast (There Will Be Light), some are burning out (Girls Light Fires, Ayers Rock) and some just want to have a damn good time (Three Sprays).
The natural landscape is another contstant in Craddock’s spacious take on folk, alt-country, soul and rock n roll sounds with his songs dotted with shifting sandbanks, miles of desert and a patchwork of aqua beaches and emerald cricket ovals,
On top of solid national radio play, City West was received glowingly by the press with four star reviews in The Australian and The Music and Perth magazine X-Press calling it “the best release to come out of these parts for some time”. Craddock and his band’s captivating live shows have seen him invited to support artists as diverse as Old Crow Medicine Show, Don Walker, Diana Krall, Marlon Williams, The Waifs, The Basics and Tim Easton (Nasvhille) as well as appearances at West Coast Blues n Roots, Fairbridge, Nannup, Mt Beauty, Kyneton and Wave Rock festivals.
When not playing solo, Craddock’s is backed by The Spectacles, a WA supergroup of sorts including four-time WAM guitarist of the year Luke Dux (The Floors), bassist Pete Stone (Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia), drummer Bryn Stanford (Mathas, Mei Saraswati), and WA pianist and songwriter Mo Wilson.