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The Datsuns
by Rachael Reardon

2003 has been a big year for The Datsuns. Touring with the likes of The White Stripes, and more recently the Hellacopters and Gaza Strippers, headlining the NME awards and generally hopping around the globe on 40 foot springs, The Datsuns, so early on in their career, appear to be in their prime. 

Starting their own label, the Hellsquad, but now currently signed to NZ records along with fellow New Zealanders The D4, The Datsuns released Super Gyration! on 7” vinyl, in September last year, which, surprising sold out, holding the number one spot for 3 weeks on the alternative charts. 

The Datsuns are open to a lot of criticism over in the UK for perhaps fitting into the category of cool “The” bands. The Strokes, The Hives and The Vines all decorous of this genre, whether willingly or not are simply not worthy of The Datsuns joining their phlegmatic clan. You know why? Cuz The Datsuns make you dance, that’s why. With their combination of old school solo’s, vocals and simple drum beats, it’s not an option just to stand their smoking a fag, looking cool and “appreciating the music”. Man you gotta dance, and there is no ‘if’ about it. 

Starting with ‘Sittin’ Pretty’ is a riff uncannily similar to Led Zepplin.  Welcome ascending drum beats and distorted riffs from the man on hand Dolf de Datsun, whose languidly strained vocals provoke a visualization of sitting next to the record player at a younger age, listening attentively to your dad’s CD collection.
Cue ‘Lady’, the epitome of old-school rock n roll. “Lady, lady, take me back” the stooge front man wails, followed by a sure fire plaintive solo, reminiscent of Deep Purple.

In Love, released in September last year, with its only downfall intro - a more repining version of ‘What Would I Know’-spits out palpitating riffs annexed with rejoice able squalls Robert Plant-esque. 

Initiating a building tribal drumbeat, ‘Fink For The Man’ intertwines modest hushed chords, which are rudely interrupted by a harrowing squeal. Subsequently, this track subsidizes an AC/DC motif  - one such that runs throughout this self-titled album.

‘Freeze Sucker’, crashes in with its fermenting rampage of cymbals and feedback, abruptly snapping to an ‘air guitar moment’ riff. One of the prime songs on this album Freeze Sucker, and indeed The Datsuns come to a regrettable end a la bewailing howls and a goodbye, stomach-churning scream. 

An AC/DC covers band? Possibly. Or an old-school rock n roll band that cuts short the ‘I wish I could’ve lived in that decade’ tale of woe, replacing it with ‘no, wait, ahh its ok – The Datsuns are here’? Possibly. Whichever, The Datsuns have simply gotta be checked out for their enterprising hype. A hype of which, they do not disappoint. 

CD Info 

The Datsuns
Label: V2
Sittin' Pretty 
MF From Hell 
Harmonic Generator 
What Would I Know 
At Your Touch 
Fink For The Man 
In Love 
You Build Me Up (To Bring Me Down) 
Freeze Sucker
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