by Chris Familton
The key to The Datsuns’ longevity and relevance in the present is their ability to filter and process the best of the past and inject it with some enthusiasm and energy. Fifth studio album Death Rattle Boogie released 10 years to the day since their acclaimed self-titled debut – is no exception, finding them in ruthlessly efficient form.
Spread around the world and working on different musical projects, the New Zealand-born band came together in Sweden to record what might be their best album to date. It finds them still kicking out the jams in a metal-garage tradition where the riff is king, the lyrics cartoonish and the rhythm section primitive. However, the record has a more varied feel than previous efforts. There’s the introduction of bluesier moments like the White Stripes-ish Brain Tonic, the jazzy vibe of the album’s centrepiece Wander The Night and gothic/post-punk shadows on Death of Me.
The type of music The Datsuns play has a million pretenders, but on Death Rattle Boogie they’re back to reclaim their place as genuine contenders.
this review was first published on FasterLouder