ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns – Deep Sleep

Rating7.5The-Datsuns-Deep-Sleep-Cover-400x400The Datsuns first hit the hard rock scene like like a lit firecracker back in 2002 and now on their sixth time around they’ve released one of their strongest albums. Deep Sleep takes in all the usual elements that make up the band’s DNA – glam, stoner and garage rock with some MC5 ramalama and an endless supply of riffs and yelps and big choruses – yet it is the quality of songs that make this one stand out. It never wilts under the heat of its own amps and the band add some nice contrasting shades of psychedelia to their arsenal.

Chris Familton

this review was first published in The Music


ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns | Death Rattle Boogie

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