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Friday, 23 September 2016
DATURA4 – HAIRY MOUNTAIN (Alive Natural Sound LP, CD).
New from Alive Natural Sound and fresh from the “Down Underground” comes the second album from West Australia’s Datura4. With 10 solid tracks of lager guided melodies and balls out Rock ‘n’ Roll they have come to party like its 1969, evoking the spirit of bad-ass biker bar boogie bands with the swagger of Blue Cheer, The James Gang, The Allman Brothers and their Southern brethren. Following the critically acclaimed debut LP Demon Blues, Detura4 have fine-tuned their heads-down, no nonsense, timeless boogie and by adding a stronger element of Psych Blues to a natural flair for melody, their new album, Hairy Mountain, shows that this band are the real deal.
An album that is really going to appeal to lovers of classic Blues Rock, Hairy Mountain takes most of its cues from the post psychedelic/pre Metal early 70s where souped up, full tilt boogie was king. Chock full of loud guitars, this is the culmination of a lifetime of musical archaeology and the ongoing search for the never ending riff. There are some really fantastic tracks here………….the opener ‘Fools Gold Rush’ and the headrush of ‘Uphill Climb’ mix squalling guitars and a big choruses with a psychedelic sensibility while ‘Broken Path’ has a wonderful 70’s mellow USA West Coast vibe complete with some sublime bottleneck guitar playing. Datura4 are a boogie monster, a bar band on steroids on tracks such as ‘Greedy World’, ‘Confide In Me’, ‘Too Much (Or Not Enough)’ and ‘Something To Hide’ where they breathe new life into the genre which struggled for credibility after the peak years of the early 70s. Like label mates Radio Moscow and other new bands such as Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Datura4 are mining that same rich seam of 70s Blues Rock while still staying relevant to today. A really cool record…….check it out People and remember…………………….don’t forget to boogie.
Due for release on 28th October on Alive Natural Sound Records with psychedelic cover art by Joshua Marc Levy/Asheville Art Family, Hairy Mountain will be available on starburst vinyl and CD which you can pre-order via the label website here http://www.alive-records.com/.