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DATURA4 have followed up their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album ‘Demon Blues’ with the equally rockin’ long-player ‘Hairy Mountain’ which will be available in store and online from October 28 through the Alive NaturalSound Records label.


Datura4 'Hairy Mountain'

Datura4 ‘Hairy Mountain’

Hairy Mountain builds on DATURA4’s ‘guitars to infinity’ approach and classic song-writing skills and features ten solid tracks which celebrate an unbridled joy for rock’n’roll with a nod to the spiritual presence of their hairy Oz rock forefathers.

Opening track Fool’s Gold Rush kicks things off on a haze of heavy fuzz and dreamy vocal harmonies, and then leads straight into the menacing ‘Trolls’ which sets the album on a course of hard rock riffage and psych-boogie blues

Songwriters Mariani and Hitchcock make comment on their fear of the world turning to shit and other sobering themes, alongside the utopian optimism of the title track – with its monolithic groove and lysergic tale of perfect surf breaks and peace-pipe smoking chiefs.

Recorded during the summer of 2016 at Electric City in North Fremantle and Real2Reel Studios in WA’s south-west, Hairy Mountain is the culmination of a lifetime of musical archaeology and the ongoing search for the never ending riff.

We’ve had the opportunity to listen to ‘Hairy Mountain’ in it’s entirety today and man we love it, damn fine sixties Psychedelic Blues/Rock taken back to the future!

Who are DATURA4; Originating in 2009 out of the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia, potentially one of the most isolated cities in the world, the DATURA4 seed was born from the nucleus of two of Perth’s most celebrated and now legendary garage rockers The Stems (Dom Mariani) and The Bamboos (Greg Hitchcock). 

Mariani and Hitchcock have come full circle to form the psychedelic rock’n’roll four-piece DATURA4. It’s a ballsy return to the dirty hard rock and blues, full-tilt boogie and heavy psychedelia they grew up with their own unique and original spin on things. Together with long-time Mariani collaborator and Rippled Souls bassist Stu Loasby and former drummer for The Drones Warren Hall, they came together to produce an impressive debut album ‘Demon Blues’ and to define the DATURA4 sound. Released in mid-July 2015 Demon Blues was enthusiastically received by fans and the music press alike.

Since their inception DATURA4 have gigged regularly and have also had the honour of opening up for the legendary ZZ Top, New Zealand guitar legend Kevin Borich, Endless Boogie, Tumbleweed and You Am I.