The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Steve Creedy

Hairy Moun­tain Alive Records A psy­che­delic al­bum cover evok­ing dis­tant me­mories of in­cense-filled base­ment record stores is the first sign of things to come on Hairy Moun­tain. Then there’s that first ear­worm track with its heavy early-1970s gui­tar riff, over­laid with catchy 60s vo­cal har­monies. But it doesn’t stop there. The dual gui­tars of Datura4 punch out track af­ter track of ac­ces­si­ble, com­pelling retro rock. They may bill them­selves as a psy­che­delic band but there’s no in­tro­spec­tive wankery; it’s hon­est, foot-stompin’ rock and boo­gie that would have re­ceived a warm wel­come from any pub au­di­ence back in the day. Formed in the West Aus­tralian port city of Fre­man­tle in 2009, Datura4 fea­tures vet­er­ans Dom Mar­i­ani (the Stems, DM3) and Greg Hitch­cock (the Bam­boos, You Am I) along with bassist Stu Loasby and drum­mer War­ren Hall. Ex­pe­ri­ence counts and it shines through across Hairy Moun­tain as en­joy­able rock and pop hooks com­bine with stylish so­los. The band rein­ter­prets the wheel rather than rein­vents it and then drapes it with its own pa­tois. There’s a hint of Ted Nu­gent in Up­hill Climb and some ap­peal­ing slide work across the al­bum that at times evokes me­mories of early Uriah Heep. Lyri­cally, the band tack­les is­sues rang­ing from in­ter­net bas­tardry on Trolls to so­ci­etal greed on Greedy World. Ev­ery clas­sic rock al­bum has to have a melodic acous­tic-elec­tric bal­lad and in this case it is the ap­peal­ing Bro­ken Path. Over­all, though, it’s a case of good rock­ing tonight.

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