Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Fink, Paul Simon, Paul Dempsey, The Tallest Man On Earth


Influences

Fink, Paul Dempsey, Dave Matthews, The Tallest Man On Earth, Gregory Alan Isakov


Unearthed artists we like

Didirri, Ben Catley, LILLIA, Duncan Saige, King Ibis


Bio

Dave Sonntag is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Perth. The venerable musician creates feel-good music with dark undertones, telling conceptual stories and wearing heart on sleeve through every show. Dave has journeyed from skins to strings, putting the sticks down after seven years as a professional drummer to build rhythm-centric music with imaginative strumming techniques and velvety vocals. Dave's voice works through his rhythmic melodies like water, swimming from piercing falsettos to powerful tones. If Tool were folk artists or Paul Simon was a drummer, you might find Dave's sound.

Dave’s latest single release ‘Overthought’ uses the songwriter’s unique and percussive attack on his guitar strings. Produced by Matt Gio (Illy, San Cisco, Birds of Tokyo), it carries dark undertones, inspired by a year of overthinking and overanalysing. The track was even recorded during a bout of insomnia, exampled in the bridge with a huge, scratchy belt from the exhausted songwriter. Look out for Dave's Debut EP to be released early-2020.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

25 Nov 2019

Triple J
45

Every time I think I know what's happening with Sonntag's music, he throws a spanner in the works, in the most delightful way. Fading from left to right at the start of the track spun me out, it was like ASMR but, great.

Every time I think I know what's happening with Sonntag's music, he throws a spanner in the works, in the most delightful way. Fading from left to right at the start of the track spun me out, it was like ASMR but, great.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

28 Jan 2019

Triple J
40

The layer you create with your guitar of so rich and dense, it's like a shimmering wall of the sound palpitated by the beat. It feels like a heart flutter when you see a crush - love it!

The layer you create with your guitar of so rich and dense, it's like a shimmering wall of the sound palpitated by the beat. It feels like a heart flutter when you see a crush - love it!

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

06 Apr 2018

Triple J
40

This has a 90s vibe to it that I am all about. Puts you in a happy place for sure!
Love the drums - love the vocals - love it all.

This has a 90s vibe to it that I am all about. Puts you in a happy place for sure!
Love the drums - love the vocals - love it all.