DATURA4 READY TO ROCK EXMOUTH
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.”
Tickets are on sale now at ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com.