WEST COAST HIGHWAY COSMIC
Due for release 17 April
West Coast Highway Cosmic, Datura4’s upcoming fourth album, sounds like it was made by a band that found a sheet of acid, the good stuff, tucked away in the back of the recording studio fridge, and rode it until the very last drop.
West Coast Highway Cosmic will never give you a bad trip. It’s pure goodness.
The eponymous opening track starts with church organ and sirens, harbingers of the fuzzy apocalypse the guitars deliver when they kick in. Then, once the intro is done, Whoosh! We’re off! riding a non-stop riff that skitters around the fretboard with a peaking urgency that’s a portent of the trip to come.
Dom Mariani, he of The Stems and The Someloves, has always been known for the flex in his song writing muscle, but it seems a little unfair that he gets to range so eloquently over so many genres and do it so well. For the uninitiated, Datura4 tap into a vein of bluesy boogie, — scuzzy guitars, driving beats, Hammond organ and blues harp — that lives in the heart of the US, via the British invasion, with accents of east coast Australian punk.
West Coast Highway Cosmic sees Mariani and his Datura4 bandmates stretching out a little after last year’s album of the year, Blessed Is The Boogie, which was a classic lesson in taut, on-point song writing and delivery that saw the band in their best form so far. Until now.
This time around, they’ve unhinged themselves completely, loosened their bubbles. Maybe it was through group meditation sessions in their Fremantle recording bunker, pots and pots of herbal tea, vegan lunches and yoga in the evenings? Who knows? How ever it was they unleashed their collective mojo, West Coast Highway Cosmic is the sound of a band saying, screw it, let’s do it and having a mega tonne of fun along the way.
From the opening track to the Sabbath-like heavy riffs of ‘Mother Medusa’, the folky acoustics of ‘You’re The Only One’, the drawling blues of ‘You Be The Fool’ and the omnidirectional trip of closer, ‘Evil People, Pt 1’, West Coast Highway Cosmic is about travel, whether that’s on highways, via astral teleportation or anything in between. It’s a ride from start to finish and worth taking multiple times. And, while it might take you in a different direction each time you listen, West Coast Highway Cosmic will never give you a bad trip. It’s pure goodness.
West Coast Highway Cosmic, due for release on 17 April, is available for pre-order now. Click here to secure your copy.