Dave Robertson

Dave Robertson

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Wanted in all states and territories for honest song writing, Dave Robertson tells philosophical stories through driving indie-folk-pop songs. His beautifully unaffected voice and mercifully unschooled guitar playing have received nation-wide radio airplay, and been toured to three continents.

Biography

Wanted in all states and territories for honest song writing, Dave Robertson tells philosophical stories through driving indie-folk-pop songs. His beautifully unaffected voice and mercifully unschooled guitar playing appeal to young and old. Thoughtful lyrics combine personal and political musings, witty word play, everyday frankness and just enough passing detail to draw listeners into the subject of the song. Influences include Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, Ani Difranco, Dar Williams, Damien Rice and Bright Eyes.

Dave’s Little Scientist EP has received radio airplay on at least 24 stations around Australia including Triple J, the national youth broadcaster. The track “Other Body Parts” was recently selected by Foghorn Records for Sounds Like Cafe. The compilation CD series goes out to over 1200 cafes around Australia and has previously featured Paul Kelly and Sarah Blasko. The song debuted at #9 on the Sounds Like Cafe charts just behind fellow Sandgroper Abbe May. DJ Nana Mex, founder of Downunda Thunda Radio, describes it as “one of my top 20 all time fav tracks. Play it at least once a week on air”. “Lost and Found” can be found on Blue Tongue Records Rocky Blues Volume 3 compilation CD. The EP was Nexus Car Share’s feature CD in July 2007. You can read reviews of Dave’s songs on Triple J Unearthed.

Dave’s live performances have covered three continents and a plethora of bars, cafes, radio studios, folk clubs, house concerts, festivals and more. Gig highlights include:

* Performing the political “Rogue State” to thousands at the Walk Against Warming
* Being accompanied by Marie O'Dwyer at the Nannup and Fairbridge festivals
* The acoustics of singing in the Fairbridge chapel at the Earthdance Festival
* Kicking off Fremantle Festival’s “Weave” event on federal election night (what a party!)
* Supporting The Basics (featuring Gotye) at Lewisham Tavern in Tasmania
* Supporting sultry Canadian Carolyna Loveless at a ranch near the US border
* Jamming with Kristina Olsen at the Nanga Music Festival
* Playing West Coast Blues and Roots Fringe Festival
* Being nominated a finalist in the Swan Hotel’s Step Up Live song writing competition

He’s come a long way from learning the Star Wars theme on clarinet at school. Violent Femmes, The Cure, REM, Radiohead and Billy Bragg inspired Dave to pick up the guitar. Backpacking in Europe he discovered he had a knack for entertaining and started performing at open mic nights in Edinburgh. In 2003 Dave released 15 of his songs on the home-recorded “Third Draft” CD, with which he toured to Canada. Moving to the musical port city of Fremantle he teamed up with experienced producers Pete Grandison and Peter Anthony to record the six track “Little Scientist EP” at Shanghai Twang studios. Backing vocals from Tessa Lee, slide guitar from Craig Sinclair and percussion from Simon Miskin and Pete Smith were a fitting addition. The CD was launched at Kidogo Arthouse in 2006, with Fresh Blast sponsorship from RTR radio and the WA government’s Healthway program. Following its great reception and several mini tours to the east coast, a full length studio album of new material is being recorded this winter.

Lyrics

Other Body Parts

Written By: Dave Robertson

You said you only love me for my bum and brains
I wonder ‘bout the only, but I truly love your word games
And there’s some deeper truths I like to re-arrange

You’re gorgeous, you’re courageous, you’re blunt and you’re bold
I want to insert you in situations and watch them unfold
But this is not my first song about things I can’t hold

When friend’s become lovers and back again
The feelings don’t just go away
It’s hard to draw a line in the sand
On such a windy day

“You’re gorgeous” was you’re opening line
To my friend that is, I was wishing it was me, but that’s fine
I fancied her too, but I’m so glad I met you that time

You told us your theory that girls go for bad boys
Until they’re ready to settle they avoid emotional decoys
So I’m taking careful note and living in hope… that I’m bad enough

I’ve liked nearly everything
Right from the start
Whether playing with hearts
Or other body parts

When friend’s become lovers and back again
The feelings don’t just go away
It’s hard to draw a line in the sand
On such a windy day

I’ve liked nearly everything
Right from the start
Whether playing with hearts
Or other body parts

Dull Ache

Written By: Dave Robertson

I'm gonna sieze the night, because my favourite time of day
Is when shadows accelerate to their grave
But first I must get through depression every afternoon
Its too bright so I'll sit and wait for the moon

Dull ache...

You looked into my eyes, declare me already gone
Calculating the pros and the cons on and on and on
I felt I saw the whole universe at the age of six
Why does anything exist, why not just a void of blackness?
Do I not believe in magic?

Dull ache...

How sensitive my eyes to machinations through my mind
And my skin is too thin to be in this wind

Dull ache...

I Stood You Up

Written By: Dave Robertson

I took too much chocolate, not enough red wine
Water smells of chlorine, carpet of formaldehyde
My heads clearly unclear, now its my turn to play
I can earn a sad song, if I have something funny to say

I stood you up, I stood you up

I suggested a rendezvous after the show
I don't know why I didn't think that you would go
I didn't feel worthy, wanna be rejected
You told me you waited for me when you saw me at breakfast

I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up

Your very own mind is a hard act to follow
One minute its pleasure, the next it drowns in sorrow
So all I can do is put on my pink fluffy jacket
Turn these contradictions into a damn fine racket

I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up, I stood you up

Now That We've Kissed

Written By: Dave Robertson / Ivy Penny

Red wine lips, my first party function, propped up against the bar
Feeling so grown up, amongst the faithful, they all know who you are
And as you edge across the room, they all want to greet you
Now I'm biding my time at the back of the line, till I lean in with my goofy grin
But I wasn't expecting your lips

Now that we've kissed, I feel it's set me apart from the rest
Maybe you'll employ me in your office, but not as a receptionist
But if nothing else I can add you to my list of famous people I've kissed

Big Day Out, your bare sweaty body strutting across the stage
Your wild eyes and wiry muscles are not bad for your age
And hanging back stage with the Stooges, you picked me out
Right there on the grass, you didn't even ask, you pulled me in close to your skin
But I wasn't expecting your lips

And now that we've kissed, I feel its set me apart from the rest
But my boyfriend wasn't so impressed, twenty seconds later he was my ex
But I wasn't that phased, cause we were going to break up anyways
So much can come from a kiss

Like babies, mothers in law, awkward social situations, stories to tell at parties, songs like this... breakfast

So if you want to be kissed, it helps to make it pretty obvious
You can put your name down on my list, yeah it's over there by the merchandise
You can meet me after the gig, I'll even let you buy me a drink
Cause I'd love to be on your list of famous people you've kissed

The Relation Ship

Written By: Dave Robertson

The ocean is cut, by the bow of the boat
But water heals quick, under its frothy coat
A mere flesh wound, just floats away
I hope mine will too, but secretly hope... that it stays

What would my pain body have to do
If I ever really got over you?
One song was never gonna be enough
Never ever ever gonna be enough

I laid with my ear, in the wedge of your hips
Under your skin, I heard creaking ships
The truth it seems, is a four metre swell
But we hold it together, remarkable well.

What would my pain body have to do
If I ever really got over you?
One song was never gonna be enough
Never ever ever gonna be enough

A friend told me, that something's gotta give
Either your paradigm or your relationship
But the funny thing about paradigms
Is that they change... all the time

What would my pain body have to do
If I ever really got over you?
One song was never gonna be enough
Never ever ever gonna be enough

What would my pain body have to do
If I ever really got over you?
One song was never gonna be enough
Never ever ever gonna be enough

Discography

Little Scientist EP (2006) - 6 tracks
Airplay on at least 24 radio stations around Australia.
Some tracks are available on the Triple J Unearthed website and on Myspace

Third Draft (2003) - 15 tracks

Set List

A typical 45 minute set list:

Little Scientist
Other Body Parts
Halifax
Bookends of Winter
Karma Police (Radiohead)
Young Assonance
Bothy
Borealis
How to Make Gravy (Paul Kelly)
Where?
Lost and Found

Dave mainly plays his original songs (~30), but likes to put a couple of covers (out of ~100) into most sets.