Datura4

Datura4 headlines tonight's show with music from their forthcoming CD Blessed is the Boogie, the eagerly anticipated third album

They will be performing at 8.00pm, so be there early or you'll miss out.

In 2009, a combo of highly respected Western Australian musicians came together to have some fun playing no-frills boogie rock n' roll in pubs around Perth and Fremantle. But it was a yearning by leader Dom Mariani to get back to his early influences that formed the foundation of the band.

Blessed is the Boogie” is ten new songs that build on Datura4’s ‘guitars to infinity’ approach of “Hairy Mountain” (2016) and the hard rocking, progressive blues and psychedelic stylings of debut LP “Demon Blues” (2015). Both albums were released through Alive NaturalSound Records and gained critical acclaim at home, in Europe and the USA. Mostly recorded in a studio farmhouse south of their home town of Fremantle, “Blessed is the Boogie” takes Datura4 a few swaggering steps further. Mariani continues his successful collaboration with bass player Stu Loasby (The Majestic Kelp) and drummer Warren “Wazza” Hall, the original drummer for The Drones. Upping the legend quotient on the record are long-time friends and Australian music stalwarts Bob Patient (Fatty Lumpkin) on keys and Howie Smallman (the Jaywalkers) on harmonica.

Kicking off with the pummelling drums and heavy riffage of ‘Black Dog Keep Running’, Datura4’s mission statement is clear: a rucksack full of boogie-sharp, heavy psychedelic rock plugged into and spewing forth from vintage amps. The title track follows, with its incessant groove and wailing harmonica and slide guitar. It’s a personal invitation from the band to get up off your seats and rock-steady. The hard rocking riffage of ‘Looper’ complements a self-loathing commentary, while ‘Run with Lucy’, fuelled by rollicking slide guitar and a chorus heavy on hooks, is an observation on a world dominated by the current crop of crazies. Their take on the R&B classic ‘Oop Pooh Pah Do’ comes thundering through on a heavy wave of riffs, as newcomer Bob Patient cuts loose on the B3. Patient’s keyboard also adds a far-out new dimension to the album on heart felt tracks Not for Me’ and ‘Cat on A Roof’.

Dom Mariani came to prominence on the music scene in the 1980s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems who released a string of now classic singles that topped the alternative music charts, culminating in the release of their debut album “At First Sight…Violets Are Blue”. Mariani later went on to form revered power pop outfits DM3 and The Someloves, where his knack for writing infectious melodies gained him respect and a well deserved reputation on the international scene.

Growing up in the isolated port town of Fremantle in the 1970s on Australia's west coast, Mariani was a budding guitar player who worshipped the Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As music trends evolved, he found himself deep in Australia's burgeoning pub rock scene, thanks to hard rocking local groups like The Aztecs, The Coloured Balls, The Masters Apprentices, Daddy Cool and Carson. At his first ever rock concert he witnessed The Coloured Balls and Sitting Bull, two bands that would spark his interest in the heavy sounds of rock and blues guitar. Sitting Bull were local heroes that would eventually play at Dom’s high-school social. This, along with a music/art program GTK which aired each week day for 5 minutes at 6:30pm on the ABC that offered many of the great bands of the day nationwide exposure - set Mariani on a journey of blues and heads-down, full-tilt boogie discovery.
Datura4 debutants Bob Patient and Howie Smallman are connections to that period of Perth music for Mariani. Patient and Smallman each have weighty musical credentials, and a shared history of the psyched-out stomp of 1970’s Australian rock ’n’ roll.

“Blessed is the Boogie” wouldn’t be complete without a spooky guitar story. The guitar Mariani uses on most of the record is a ’69 Black Les Paul, previously owned by one of his early heroes: the late and much revered Sitting Bull guitarist Paul Felton. Unsubstantiated rumour also has it that this magic axe might once have been owned by the front-man of the legendary Daddy Cool. Fitting, then, that the driving, original guitar sound on “Blessed is the Boogie” has echoes throughout the rebellious formative years of Australian blues rock.

Datura4 are stoked to share with you this new collection of songs.

The CD version of Blessed is the Boogie will be released in April, but it is already available for download through iTunes.

"Blessed is the Boogie" is now available for download on iTunes.

Tina Turner Tribute featuring Teresa Scerri

Teresas Tina Turner Tribute 563x311Teresa Scerri pays tribute to the legendary Tina Turner one of the greatest live performers and Queen of Rock and Roll with her dynamic and high energetic show. Teresa is a long time admirer of the amazing Tina and sings with soul and raw passion with all the trademark power, grit, cries, moans and hollas that is sure to get you on your feet and singing along to so many of Tina’s hits.

The captivating music transcends generations and rocks from start to finish with famous hits such as Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, Private Dancer, What’s Love Got to do with it, River Deep Mountain High, Simply the Best and many more.

Teresa’s cast includes the demonic saxophonist Dan Hazel and the powerhouse rhythm section driven by Ezio Cafarelli on keyboards, Sam Musca on Guitar, Jim Awram on Bass and George Perkins on Drums and Percussion. Backing vocals from Genevieve Chalkley and Nicola Murdoch.