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23 Nov 2016

Datura4 “Demon Blues” 2015 Australia Heavy Psych Stoner Blues:



Datura4  “Demon Blues”  2015 Australia Heavy Psych Stoner Blues:  Incredible starburst vinyl limited to 100 copies 
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Australians are a people who traditionally prefer their rock & roll hearty and full-bodied, and Datura4, a new combo featuring several veterans of the Aussie rock scene, certainly seem to bear this out. On their debut album, 2015’s Demon Blues, Datura4 reel off a broad range of stylistic influences that almost entirely reach back to hard and heavy sounds that enjoyed their heyday before 1974 – high-swagger boogie and blues-rock, psychedelic guitar exploration, simple first-generation hard rock, and just the slightest dash of garage rock sneer and fuzz for flavoring. Given the history of the guys on board – guitarist and lead singer Dom Mariani was a founding member of the Stems, guitarist Greg Hitchcock worked with You Am I and the New Christs, bassist Stu Loasby was in Ripples Souls, and Warren Hall played drums with the Drones – one would certainly expect Datura4 to rock hard, and they do. But unlike a lot of bands with a taste for vintage heavy sounds, Datura4 also know when to apply a light touch, and the greasy slink of “Another Planet” and the stretched-out jamming on “Love to Burn” are the work of a band that’s learned something about dynamics, with players who can turn it up or dial it back as the circumstances dictate. But even when Hitchcock is surveying the universe on the more psych-leaning tunes, Datura4 know how to get to the point, and the jams manage to maintain a healthy focus while rockers like “Journey Home,” “Out with the Tide,” and the title tune are dirty-denim rockers that get the job done with plenty of attitude and not too much fuss. If Datura4 could stand to work on their songwriting – their melodies are good, but lyrically this doesn’t break any sort of ground – the band is tight and knows how to deliver, and if you’re looking for some kicks circa 1970, Demon Blues serves up big portions without a lot of filler……by Mark Deming……… 

New to Australia’s rock scene is Datura4, a blues-influenced band reminiscent of the psychedelic guitar sound that the 1970s knew too well. Actually, Datura4 is new to the stage, but its members are not. Four years ago, front man Dom Mariani (formerly of the Stems) began playing with You Am I’s guitarist Greg Hitchcock in Fremantle. In the years following, drummer Warren Hall and bassist Stu Loasby joined what has since become a small collective of Australia’s musician underground. Adjectives like “boogie,” “psychedelic” and “vintage” have all been used to describe Datura4’s sound, and in this case listeners and reviewers are right on track. 

Datura4’s debut album Demon Blues was released earlier this month on Alive Natural Sounds Records and has already gathered a healthy number of positive reviews from critics throughout the music world. One listen to the title track explains why, though the four-piece proves they know what they’re doing long before “Demon Blues” hits at the album’s halfway point. “Out With the Tide” is a strong start to the record, a raunchy number that pumps the album up to a running start with its guitar-fuzz crescendos. Other fast-paced tracks include “Hoonsville” and “Pissin’ Up the Wall,” both of which pair heavy-toned guitar melodies with the kind of driving rhythms that are difficult to avoid tapping along to. While most of the tracks have that simultaneous modern and vintage rock feel, “Another Planet” transports listeners back in time four or five decades to when bands like the Birds and the Yardbirds played for crowds of screaming fans. 

From beginning to end, Demon Blues is a fun listen for people who wish the ’60s and ’70s never ended. Those were arguably two of the best decades in music, so who’s to say we shouldn’t go back in time every once in a while? Datura4 makes the old new again, and it’s a pleasure to listen to what they’ve come up with…………Review by Meghan Roos……. 

Hailing from Fremantle in Western Australia, DATURA4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani (frontman of legendary Australian garage rockers The Stems and Power Pop favourites DM3) and Greg Hitchcock (former You Am I and one-time New Christs’ guitarist). In 2011 they joined forces combining a shared passion for full-tilt boogie, psychedelic rock and progressive blues. 

Along with drummer Warren Hall who previously played with The Drones and bass player Stu Loasby DATURA4 have been steadily building a reputation in their hometown with their live performances. With a healthy nod to Early 70’s Australian Psych/Blues/Boogie from the likes of Buffalo, Coloured Balls, The Aztecs and latter era Masters Apprentices, Demon Blues represents Mariani & Hitchcock’s love of hard hitting bell-bottom blues. As psyched-out, louder-than-Sabbath blues goes, this record is out there on its own. - The BLUES Magazine 8/10 review Demon Blues” is very 70s rock. There’s also a deftness and pop sensibility in the undertow. It’s a happy marriage of the hard-edged and the hooky. I-94 BAR 4.5/5 review 

Their sound is very much vintage, but for some modern references I can thrown in Swedish acts such as The Nomads and the ace Sewergrooves. If those names mean sh*t to ya, then “Demon Blues” is pretty much satisfaction guaranteed. VIVE LE ROCK 9/10 review 

The LP and the CD have different versions of the cover designed by Joshua Marc Levy/Asheville Art Family (Black Crowes, Grateful Dead, Buffalo Killers). 

The CD includes 3 songs not on the LP. …… 

Dom Mariani - Vocals & Guitar 
Greg Hitchcock - Vocals & Guitar 
Warren Hall - Drums 
Stu Loasby - Bass 

A1 Out With The Tide 4:28 
A2 You Ain’t No Friend Of Mine 4:34 
A3 Another Planet 5:07 
A4 Journey Home 5:45 
B5 Demon Blues 5:45 
B6 Pissing Up The Wall 4:39 
B7 Gravedigger Man 3:56 
B8 Love To Burn 7:09 
















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