Dave Robertson & The Kiss List

FRESH: ‘Oil, Love and Oxygen’ – Dave Robertson & The Kiss List

Australia’s Dave Robertson and his band The Kiss List release “Oil, Love and Oxygen”.

by Christopher Smith

“Oil, Love and Oxygen” is a contemplative song about the human contribution to the climate crisis. Australia group Dave Robertson and The Kiss List have addressed the political side in other songs (such as “Rogue State”), but this is where they most directly address the emotional side of it. Recently the group made a music video for the song using footage from the 1938 film ‘The Playful Polar Bears’. Remarkably, this required no editing!

It just fitted perfectly. The choir part was an impromptu gathering of friends at the end of a house concert. Dave first played this song as a duo with Marie O’Dwyer who plays the piano part on this version. The almost subliminal organ part is Rachel playing a 1960’s electric organ she found on the side of the road. The song is the title on the band’s album, a collection of songs about kissing, climate change, cult 70s novels and more kissing!

So, 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 “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. Ian Shepherd, founder of Dynamic Range Day, mastered the album in the UK. It follows Dave’s “Little Scientist” EP that proved popular on radio around Australia, including Triple J. 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 a Walk Against Warming rally in Fremantle. 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.

For more about Dave and The Kiss List, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK group

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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