‘Suburban Boy’ Dave Warner gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter with the gold album MUG’S GAME. Indeed Bob Dylan declared Warner his favourite Australian songwriter. In the early 1980s Dave gave up a full-time music career to diversify into other areas of creative arts and Dave is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost crime fiction authors. His novels have won The WA Premier’s Award and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Australian Crime Fiction. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books particularly on sport and music. Dave has written for film and television and theatre. He and his band Dave Warner’s from the Suburbs tour regularly and Dave is in demand as a speaker at various events.
The last new album Dave recorded was the amazing 2017 album WHEN, featuring original band members and a host of Australia’s best musicians. But with his collaborator, the world renowned surf-guitarist Martin Cilia, Dave continues to work on numerous music projects including a song (No Good Can Come From This) to go with his 2019 book River of Salt, a Christmas tune (Christmas Merry Christmas) and a country-pop album for his wife Nicole Warner (Forever and a Day). Dave continues to reissue earlier albums and to issue previously unreleased material.
2020 has been a huge year for Dave. It started with the release of the MUGS GAME DOUBLE-VINYL album, the original album PLUS another vinyl record of the London demos Dave recorded in 1976 with Tony Durant, and the ABC tapes recorded with the first Suburbs’ line-up.
Next came Forever and a Day. Aptly titled as Dave, Martin and Nicole had been writing and recording for it spanning twenty years. Unfortunately, Covid erupted in the week of the launch and the sell-out launch had to be canned. But the album is out and you can buy physical copies here download or stream
Covid also saw the publication of Dave’s 10th crime novel Over My Dead Body put back until October. It has been met with rave reviews. It didn’t hurt that Dave’s previous novel River of Salt was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly for Best Australian Crime Fiction, a title Dave had already achieved with Before It Breaks.
November is marked by Belief the outstanding biography of indigenous footballer Marlion Pickett, co-authored by Dave who was hand-picked to tell this incredible story of redemption.
Throughout the year Dave has been releasing audio book short stories. There are three out now and the fourth, Charity will be released in November. You can find these stories on various sites and Dave will continue to release the stories throughout 2021.
Currently in the pipeline is an audiobook MUGS GAME: A SUBURBAN ODYSSEY, a musical autobiography that takes us on a journey of the highs and lows of Dave’s musical life from the time he first strummed a tennis record, to the release of the ground breaking Mugs Game.
Dave has written for feature film, stage, television, radio and newspapers. His first feature movie CUT starring Kylie Minogue and Molly Ringwald sold worldwide. GARAGE DAYS, a co-write with director Alex Proyas (The Crow / Dark City) screened at Sundance and was followed by RESTRAINT (Stephen Moyer, Therese Palmer, Travis Fimmel. Dave’s television writing credits include tele- movie INXS Never Tear Us Apart, regular episodes of mainstream Australian primetime dramas WILD BOYS, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, RESCUE SPECIAL OPS, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS.
Dave’s musical THE KING AND ME premiered at Perth Fringe for a sell-out season in 2015. A CD of the songs of the show is available in the shop.