The Upshot: The Wizards of Oz strike again.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
When you’re on to a good thing, why waste time? So goes the attitude of Datura4, the latest band from Australian guitar rock genius Dom Mariani and his partner-in-crime Greg Hitchcock, as they quickly follow up debut Demon Blues, which came out only last year. (Or maybe they remember the days when bands released an album a year, instead of waiting for three year marketing campaigns to come to an end.)
To suggest Hairy Mountain might be Demon Blues part 2 sounds like dismissal, but it’s not inaccurate – album numero dos doesn’t futz with the formula established by the first one. Mariani, Hitchcock and friends grok that bluesy hard rock arrangements + power pop melodies = guitar pop bliss. The opening cut “Fools Gold Rush” sets the tone with its singalong chorus and grungy six-strings, and that tone rarely falters for the rest of the ten tunes. “Greedy World,” “Mary Carroll Park” and the title track simply rock, and do it while trading macho vibes for a celebration of what guitars and tunes can do together.
DOWNLOAD: “Fools Gold Rush,” “Greedy World,” “Mary Carroll Park”
Ed. note: See below. Any questions, vinyl hounds?