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.