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Datura4, per­form­ing at Cadil­lac’s Bar and Grill on Satur­day, May 28 and Ex­mouth Yacht Club on Sun­day, May 29

Psychedelic rock four-piece Datura4 are set to rock Ex­mouth at this year’s Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark fes­ti­val.

On Satur­day, May 27, the band will be sup­port­ing head­lin­ers The South­ern River Band at Cadil­lac’s Bar and Grill and on Sun­day, May 28, they will take to the stage again at the Ex­mouth Yacht Club for the fes­ti­val sun­downer.

Datura4 are fronted by Aussie mu­sic vet­eran Dom Mar­i­ani, who founded in­die rock band The Stems.

The Stems found suc­cess in the mid-1980s, with each of their re­leases mak­ing it to No.1 on the Aus­tralian al­ter­na­tive charts and nu­mer­ous sold-out shows.

Their na­tion­ally and crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bum, At First Sight Vi­o­lets are Blue, be­came one of the best-sell­ing Aus­tralian al­bums in 1987 and was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 100 re­leases of all time.

Since the late 1980s, Mar­i­ani has formed and played in nu­mer­ous bands, even re­form­ing the Stems in 1997, and founded Datura4 with Greg Hitch­cock, of fel­low WA al­ter­na­tives rock­ers The Bam­boos.

Datura4 are set to please orig­i­nal fans of The Stems and first-time lis­ten­ers alike.

“Stylis­ti­cally, (Datura4) is prob­a­bly a lit­tle heav­ier,” Mar­i­ani said.

“It’s prob­a­bly more to­wards a hard rock sound, Datura4 — psychedelic rock.”

Mar­i­ani has sur­vived and thrived through­out the 1980s, 90s and 2000s in a mu­sic in­dus­try that is con­stantly chang­ing.

He said his love for his art and a con­sis­tent fan base had kept him go­ing.

“What I love to do is to write songs and record them and each phase or each band that I’ve been in is just what I’m do­ing at that par­tic­u­lar time … so that’s how I’ve ap­proached it,” he said.

“We got lucky in the 80s with the Stems. It reached out to peo­ple over­seas like in Europe, Ja­pan and the US, and in a way it’s sort of kept me go­ing be­cause there’s a fan base there.

“As things get re­leased, you kind of con­nect with the old fans but you try and get new fans as well — it’s just main­tain­ing that sort of pro­file.”

Mar­i­ani said Datura4 prided them­selves in be­ing a great live band.

“We’re a good rock­ing live band, so I think peo­ple will walk away feel­ing or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a fairly good gig,” he said.

“We’ve been around for a while, so we know what to do.”

Mar­i­ani said Datura4 were a “jam band” and rein­ter­preted their songs for the au­di­ence ev­ery time they played live.

“We don’t go through the mo­tions of recre­at­ing the songs as we’ve done them on the record­ing — we re­ally leave it open for a live gig,” he said.

“It keeps us in­ter­ested as well and it’s a lot of fun.”

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Datura4 will sup­port head­line act The South­ern River band at Cadil­lac's Bar and Grill on May 27 and per­form at Ex­mouth Yacht Club on May 28.

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