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 Perth psych rockers DATURA4 have released their new album, ‘Hairy Mountain‘.

The release follows up from their acclaimed 2015 debut album ‘Demon Blues‘. It is available online and instores now through Alive NaturalSound Records.

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

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.

Give it a listen below.

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The Perth Blues Club (PBC) is 25 years old this year. Many believe it to be the most successful blues club in Australia and perhaps the southern hemisphere. Subsequently, we want to know what are the significant factors that have helped the PBC achieve such status.

We would like you to let us know what the Perth Blues Club means to you and what significant experiences you have had there. To answer these questions we are undertaking a survey of members, musicians and others that have attended or still attend the regular Tuesday night performances and special events at The Charles Hotel and elsewhere.

Your response will be reviewed and used potentially in an article, and as selected quotations in a proposed publication about the Perth Blues Club in celebration of bringing you 25 years of live blues music in Perth.

Please provide your response by the end of April 2017 using the form here.

Alternatively, you can collect a copy of the form from the PBC Shop on a Tuesday night and return the completed form before the closing date.

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His first record in over five years, Fremantle troubadour Carus Thompson dissects the Australian psyche on Island, weaving vignettes of suburban darkness with stories of ice addiction, refugees and isolation, superimposed on sunny acoustics and classic folk-rock.

Embracing uniquely Australian vernacular and scenery, Thompson breathes authenticity into the characters of the album's narrative. Sonically, the simplistic arrangements border on cyclical and homogeneous from track to track, yet this allows his storytelling to take precedence and songs such as piano ballad Go There With You to stand out through its divergence in tempo and style.

With a career spanning over 20 years, the fruits of fine-tuning his songwriting show through in lyricism that manages to avoid slipping into melodrama given the subject matter (though title Starve Myself Pretty is an exception), instead providing listeners with a raw glimpse into issues that are becoming part of the national conversation.

Brynn Davies (themusic.com.au)

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BY RHYS WILLIAMS (Blues Blast Magazine)

Way Back Home is Tampa Bay-based Backtrack Blues Band’s fifth release and it is a tasty slice of straight-ahead, modern electric blues. Comprising six tracks written by singer/harp player, Sonny Charles, together with four classic covers, Way Back Home stands with one foot planted in the Chicago blues of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield, the other in the Texas blues of the early Fabulous Thunderbirds or Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers. If you like your blues with biting lead guitar and soaked in great harp playing, you will like Way Back Home.

The Backtrack Blues Band (named after the great Little Walter instrumental) formed in 1980 and their 35 years' worth of shared stages and shared experiences is evident in the sense of togetherness and camaraderie that permeates this very enjoyable release. Charles’s harp and Kid Royal's guitar harmonise melodies on Help Me Just This Time and Heavily Built Woman, while they dance around each other's fills without ever getting the way on tracks like the opening shuffle of Goin' To Eleuthera and the fade out to Shoot My Rooster.

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Aussie-born harmonica player Harper now live in the US, but is returning soon for an Australian tour with his band Midwest Kind to celebrate the Australian release of his latest CD Show Your Love.

His only WA gig is on Tuesday 7 March at the Perth Blues Club. It's been many years since Harper last appeared at the club, so make sure you don't miss this astonishing blues harp player and his new band. 

The costs to cover recording, artwork, CD duplication and to hire a publicist to spread the word were raised through gofundme.com - one of the leading crowd-funding websites. 

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