Dan Kelly has spent the past few years exploring different pockets of the world, he has trundled along playing shows, writing music and soaking up all that his travels have to offer. Kelly ventured abroad to Berlin, Greece and Brooklyn for a time, all the while gathering ideas for songs. Whether in Melbourne, or in Sydney by the sea, or on Nimbin Porches, when an opportunity arose, Kelly took the time to try his hand at some recording.

“I’m not a model, no coffee connoisseur, I’m just a bumpkin lost amongst the great auteurs.”

He is said to be some way through his fourth album, due for release sometime next year. This song, ‘Melbourne vs Sydney’ is a shrewd commentary on the ever-present tussle between the two music cities.

“We can pretend to be friends again, pretend until the end.”

The song has many mixed elements. There is delicate guitar picking, eerie keys echoing, pretty female harmonies and what sounds like a bongo. It has lots of interesting features of sound and by the end of the first verse, it suddenly becomes up-tempo and fun-pop. It is full of words and quickly flutters between something jangly and light, to something toned down and considered. It features his stellar Dream Band (Indra Adams, Dave Williams, Joe Cope, Madeleine and Memphis Kelly) and is mixed by London based Aaron Cupples (The Drones, Civil Civic, Standish/Carlyon, Snowman).

To launch the single, Dan Kelly and His Dream band will be doing two special Melbourne Vs Sydney shows in September.


Sat 13 Sept – Howler, Brunswick VIC
w/ The Harpoons & Totally Mild

Fri 26 Sept Newtown Social Club, NSW
w/ Richard In Your Mind & Fraser A Gorman

Ticket info here