Gig of the Week: Datura4

Datura4.

”Blessed is the Boogie” is the eagerly anticipated third album by Western Australian rockers Datura4.

In 2009, a combo of highly respected Western Australian musicians came together to have some fun playing no-frills boogie rock n’ roll in pubs around Perth and Fremantle. But it was a yearning by leader Dom Mariani to get back to his early influences that formed the foundation of the band.

“Blessed is the Boogie” is ten new songs that build on Datura4’s ‘guitars to infinity’ approach of “Hairy Mountain” (2016) and the hard rocking, progressive blues and psychedelic stylings of debut LP “Demon Blues” (2015). Both albums were released through Alive NaturalSound Records and gained critical acclaim at home, in Europe and the USA. 

Datura4 debutants Bob Patient and Howie Smallman are connections to that period of Perth music for Mariani. Patient and Smallman each have weighty musical credentials, and a shared history of the psyched-out stomp of 1970’s Australian rock ’n’ roll.

“Blessed is the Boogie” wouldn’t be complete without a spooky guitar story. The guitar Dom Mariani uses on most of the record is a ’69 Black Les Paul, previously owned by one of his early heroes: the late and much revered Sitting Bull guitarist Paul Felton. Unsubstantiated rumour also has it that this magic axe might once have been owned by the frontman of the legendary Daddy Cool. Fitting, then, that the driving, original guitar sound on “Blessed is the Boogie” has echoes throughout the rebellious formative years of Australian blues rock.

Datura4 are stoked to share with you this new collection of songs.

Datura4
Blessed is the Boogie Album Launch
Friday, 31 May
Mojos Bar Fremantle
Tickets mojosbar.oztix.com.au

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