Q&A Scene: Dom Mariani – Datura4, The STEMS


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The new album Hairy Mountain builds nicely upon the groove set by the previous album Demon Blues. We had a little more focus and a definite idea where we were going on Hairy Mountain. It was done over a shorter period of time whereas Demon Blues was done over multiple sessions over a longer period and has more of a jam feel to it. We were going takes to capture a spontaneous live feel to where some of those songs would eventually go to. Hairy Mountain has that too, but there is more of a classic song writing thing going on. I guess my years in the quest to write the perfect pop song might have something to do with the way some of the songs are structured, but ultimately it was still about capturing the right feel/groove and keeping it live, loose and heavy.
The new single, Greedy World, was written by Greg and is a pie in the face commentary mocking corporate greed and the state of the world that we now live in. We’re all a bit worried about where things are heading at the moment and given the recent turn of political events, it seems to have a sobering relevance right now.

We’re looking forward to our first east coast tour. We pride ourselves on a good live show. I like to think we take the songs to another level. There’s a fair bit of jamming going on, which creates an intensity and keeps it fresh.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Hairy Mountain of course – it’s new.
Demon Blues is close my heart, but looking back a few years,
The Majestic Kelp album ‘Turn Up the Sun’ is one that I’m also quite proud of.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Some might say a burger with the lot, but I like to think where more like a ratatouille. A lot of fresh natural ingredients hand-picked from the home garden slowly cooked to that create a tasty flavorsome and satisfying meal.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

We were in the middle of mixing Hairy Mountain when we received the first draft of the album cover. The pastel coloured image of 3 naked girls looking up at a mountain left us all more than a little dumbstruck.

What, or who, inspires you?
The natural world.
Positive and creative people.
There is still a lot beauty in the natural world.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Something – George Harrison (The Beatles)
Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Go All the Way – The Raspberries
Time of The Season – The Zombies
Baby Blue – Badfinger
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – the Rolling Stones
Superstar – Leon Russell

I could go on,……..

What’s next for you?

We’re hoping to take Datura4 to Europe in June.
Album # 3 “Blessed is the Boogie”

What’s your scene?

Whatever the opposite of a bullshit scene is – that’s my scene.

Rhythm Section are extremely proud to be promoting the second LP “Hairy Mountain” from Perth’s hard rock riffage and Psych-boogie Blues band Datura4. Originating in 2009 out of the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia, potentially one of the most isolated cities in the world, the DATURA4 seed was born from the nucleus of two of Perth’s most celebrated and now legendary garage rockers The Stems (Dom Mariani) and The Bamboos (Greg Hitchcock). The album was released world wide through Alive Natural Sound Records and the band are now touring the East Coast of Australia to promote it.

Tour Dates
Thursday, 2nd March 2017
The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
$12 + BF presale, $15 door
Doors: 8:00 PM

Friday, 3rd March 2017
The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
$15 + BF presale, $20 door
Doors: 8:00 PM
Tickets: http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/

Saturday 4th March 2017
Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Doors: 8:30 PM
Tickets: http://cherrybar.com.au/


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