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The Datsuns – Death Rattle Boogie

Becci Stanley


Described as “weirder and wilder”, The Datsuns and their psychedelic rock and roll fusion are back, to coincide with their ten year anniversary with a new album. It also coincides with their first self-titled release, and this is possibly better than ever. Almost every song offers something new, and the album is packed full of some of the most intricate guitar solos you will ever hear, further showing why New Zealand’s own, The Datsuns have been marked out as the future of rock and roll.

First track Gods Are Bored kicks straight in with a cacophony of feedback, a driving guitar and pounding drums slowly melts into a steady, ballsy rock style, before Rudolph De Borst’s unique vocal style kicks in, propelling the song to new heights in a speedy fashion. This song unwinds into the rock epic Gold Halo, showing true mastery of the guitar. Think Wolfmother with a darker side and you’re there. Meanwhile, grungy Axethrower kicks in with a predominance of bass and drums showing that The Datsuns can be diverse if need be, and it really works for them.

Tracks similar to this are Bullseye and Shadows Loom Large, both sporting a grunge moulded with Indie style, they’ve modernised through the years yet still maintained the accuracy and skill with instruments and lyrics you fall in love with The Datsuns for. These are definitely both songs bound to get fans moving on their winter tour. Whilst last track on the album Death of Me is much like the first; it launches straight into a gritty assault and continues to reach a crescendo of crashing instruments, leaving the listener panting and begging for more of the same contrasts and wackiness.

Going right off the beaten track, songs like Wander the Night completely contrasts to the rest of the album. It slows the album straight down into a slow groove with soft yet jerky guitars, a like seasoning of cymbals and finished with slow and suave vocals that seem to echo. In turn creating an ethereal and spacey feeling, completely different to what you would expect from such a band. They really can cater to everybody’s tastes imaginable.

At first I wasn’t sold with this album, but the more I listen to it, the more I fall in love with The Datsuns. They are a unique little gem, and continue to improve as the years go on.