Dave Robertson sings about kissing, climate change, cult 70s novels and more kissing. He loves concocting lyrics that are cheeky and deadly serious in equal measures, pondering the contradictions and beauty of everyday life. Dave’s unique compelling voice and percussive acoustic guitar work appeals to young and old, yet refuses to be locked in any single genre box.
The Kiss List bring a playful element to Dave’s song craft. Rachel Armstrong warms the folk cockles with violin and mandolin, Tore Pedersen slips in some seriously slinky bass lines, Merle “alt-folk professor” Fyshwick gets behind the skins (showing he can play a dozen instruments in as many bands) and Rob Findlay adds a pop/rock sensibility with tasty little licks of electric guitar.
The Kiss List have just released the much anticipated album Oil, Love and Oxygen. Recorded across ten houses and almost as many years, it is diverse mix of bittersweet indie folk, pop, rock and blues. It follows Dave’s Little Scientist EP that proved popular on radio around this big island, including Triple J. The track “Other Body Parts” was spun by the national youth broadcaster and debuted at #9 on the Sounds Like Cafe charts just behind fellow Sandgroper Abbe May.
Dave’s gig highlights include the Nannup, Fairbridge, Earthdance and Fremantle festivals, West Coast Blues and Roots Fringe, supporting The Basics (featuring Gotye) in Tasmania and the sultry Canadian singer-songwriter Carolyna Lovely in Vancouver, and performing the political “Rogue State” to thousands at the Walk Against Warming rally in Fremantle in 2007.
Dave’s influences include Paul Kelly, Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, Ani Difranco, Timothy Carroll, Dar Williams, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, The Violent Femmes, The Cure, REM, Radiohead, Billy Bragg, M Ward…
In his home studio, Dave has recorded and produced music for a number of theatre productions including Scent Tales, Slut and The Jub Jub Tree, as well as high-quality demos for acts such as Molly Black, Hombres Del Mar and Jane McArthur. Dave has twice been a judge for the WAM Song of the Year competition in the Blues and Roots, and Folk categories, and moonlights as a drummer, activist, map maker and writer.