Wednesday, September 09, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week

Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from Fremantle, Australia: Datura4! Their new album, Demon Blues, is out now via Alive/Naturalsound Records.

(* The psychedelic cover art is by Joshua Marc Levy/Asheville Art Family.)

Pedigreed and powerful, this veteran Aussie four-piece, Dom Mariani - Vocals & Guitar, Greg Hitchcock - Vocals & Guitar, Warren Hall - Drums, and Stu Loasby - Bass, seemingly found the mushrooms while at the crossroads. With writing supplied by Mariani and Hitchcock, longtime friends with a love for psychedelia AND the blues, we listeners are treated to an album of visceral songs with liberal doses of what we like in our music. Mariani and Hitchcock should be no strangers to music fans around the planet; Mariani has led The Stems and DM3; Hitchcock is formerly of should-have-beens You Am I. As their Alive bio states: " With a healthy nod to Early ’70’s Australian Psych/Blues/Boogie from the likes of Buffalo, Coloured Balls, The Aztecs and latter era Masters Apprentices, “Demon Blues” represents Mariani & Hitchcock’s love of hard hitting bell-bottom blues." Agreed. I think you will, too.

Try 'em. (The first written by Mariani; the second written by Hitchcock:

You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio.

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