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Datura4 - Hairy Mountain album review

Pre-70s boogie-psych from Aussie scene royalty.

Datura4 Hairy Mountain album cover

Australian rock often seems confined to a few monster names, but the country still boasts a thriving scene that, as Datura4’s follow-up to 2015’s Demon Blues debut clearly shows, has a firm grasp on garage psych and progressive blues rock.

The band were formed in Western Australia by singer Dom Mariani (The Stems, DM3) and guitarist Greg Hitchcock (You Am I, New Christs), who are joined by drummer Warren Hall (The Drones) and bassist Stu Loasby. Crucially, Datura4’s main influences seem to be their own country’s legends, including Buffalo, Coloured Balls and Masters Apprentices, although outings such as Fools Gold Rush and the slow-grind title track display a wider sense of dynamics and blues-rock combustion that’s all their own.

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!