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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Datura4 - West Coast Highway Cosmic released on Alive-Naturalsound

As the viewers of this blog must probably be aware of by now, Datura4 is a psychedelic/heavy-blues band hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia.

The current line-up is Dom Mariani guitar/vocals (previous frontman of legendary Australian garage band The Stems and Power Pop favorites DM3), Warren (Waz) Hall drums, Stu Loasby bass and Bob Patient on keyboards who came in to replace guitarist Greg Hitchcock after the Hairy Mountain album. 

On these new recordings, they are also joined by Howie Smallman – harmonica on Wolfman Woogie, You’re the Only One, You Be the Fool and You Rule My World.

The band has been active from 2011 and since their debut album, "Demon Blues" in 2015, this new offering is already Datura4’s fourth release on Alive-Naturalsound. So that almost one album per year. True workaholics! 

Once again, this new album, the much anticipated “WEST COAST HIGHWAY COSMIC”, is filled with saturated and overdriven guitars but also with groovy keyboards sounds. ("A Darker Shade of Brown").

Of course, on songs like "Get out" or "Rule my world" you will still hear traces of early ’70’s Australian Psych/Blues/Boogie from the likes of Buffalo, Coloured Balls or the latter era Masters Apprentices. 

But the quartet opens more and more to different musical influences and this new album shows there are more to the layers that make Datura4’s sound what it is. As Dom Mariani stated previously, they try to keep things interesting and each song different. ("You're the only one"; "Give").

The beautiful psychedelic cover art, is designed by Robin Gnista and it is a perfect fit to the music.

Once more, DATURA4 delivers a real cosmic masterpiece filled to the rafters with brilliant and ultra catchy songs. You hear them once and they get stuck in your head for days. A must buy!



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