BLESSED IS THE BOOGIE CDthe third album by Western Australian rockers Datura4Fronted by Aussie legend Dom Mariani, who came to prominence on the music scene in the 1980s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems, and later went on to form revered power pop outfits DM3 and The Someloves, Datura4 is Mariani’s return to his blues and heads-down, full-tilt boogie roots.“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.Garagey but not grungey, power-poppy but not cheesy, muddy but not sludgy, blues-respecting but not formulaic, trippy but not spacey, Datura4 is carving out their own niche and clearly incorporate their many influences but, refreshingly, keep them as just that – influences which contribute to the greater Datura4 sound.GET READY TO ROCK ( 4 star review)It’s like the 1970s grew up, started shaving and finally got some action. Welcome to Riff City, kid. – I-94 BARThis band reignites the rock-blues vibe that summons long-haired rock-rolling Lazarus back from the grave. – SOUNDBLAB (10/10 review)Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch. VIVE LE ROCK
HAIRY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC BLACK VINYL LPthe second album from Australia’s Datura4Building upon the "guitars-to -infinity" approach of Datura4's acclaimed debut LP Demon Blues, Hairy Mountain VINYL is 8 solid tracks celebrating an unbridled joy for rock nroll ,with a nod to the spiritual presence of their hairy Oz Rock forefathers.Throwback in the best possible way, the way you can go to some underground club in your nearest big city and see kick-ass rockers throwing it down like it was 1972. But unlike those amateurs, Datura4 is the real deal. In Mariani and his band it has the pedigree. UNDER THE RADARElements of hard-lined blues remain evident, but are primarily smoothed out by a dominant, free-formed 70s psych sparsity. Those sprawling soundscapes themselves threaten explosive outbreaks yet are reigned in further with a defining boogie, a heavy footstomp of swagger that sets a more contemporary course. Johnny Nail ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA
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After several months recording in the studio last summer, the fourth album from Datura4 dropped in April 2020, to great reviews. Some reviews are featured on the HOME page and you can read more on the REVIEWS page.