The Datsuns: Death Rattle Boogie album review
The Datsuns – Death Rattle Boogie (Hellsquad records)
The title of this record is âDeath Rattle Boogieâ and right there is all you need to know. Adrian Bloxham gives it a listen for Louder Than War.
The title of this record is âDeath Rattle Boogieâ and right there is all you need to know. This is Garage Rock par excellence, the Datsuns’ fifth album since their debut in 2002. It rocks and it rolls and it kicks back with a huge dollop of funkiness. Itâs the sound of a band having fun. Messing about with sound and making a wonderful record.
This is like a jigsaw puzzle of influences, an odd organ noise here, a riff there that you can trace right back to somewhere behind us. But whatâs the point in that? Music like this is meant to be blasted across the garden as you drink beer and whiskey and laugh at your friends making utter fools of themselves. This is a good time rock record, itâs not dark, itâs up there in the sunshine, forgetting its factor thirty and shouting itâs head off.
Right from the first garage fuzzed riff of âGods Are Boredâ with the almost whiney voice struggling to be heard over the freak out of the track I am hooked. They play as tight as a noose but feel as loose as the Stooges moral stance on drugs. âGold Haloâ crashes down on top of you like a brick wall and then breaks into a rock monster of a tune, the vocal raw and strained. âAxethrowerâ is another massive tune, classic metal, slow and steady, with the ghost of Ronnie James Dio in the background nodding his approval.
âBullseyeâ is bass heavy chugging rock. âSkull Full Of Boneâ has a precise bassline and drum beat to start, almost a mod moment! It segues into a New Wave spiky feel. âShadow Looms Largeâ has an understated vocal that almost croons over the shuffling funky drums and bass. The guitars grind and cruise along with the song. Then it changes, âWander The Nightâ is a six minute easy listening triumph. Led by an organ and precise drums and cymbals it slithers forward, at the end the guitars do kick in but they keep the feel of the song intact. âHelping Handsâ is sixties fuzzed out garage, very simple and very direct.
âHole In Your Headâ is more mainstream rock and moves forward quickly. âFools Goldâ has a simple blues riff and a twangy country feel with a drawled vocal. âGoodbye Ghostsâ has the spirit of the Killer on piano and is a shouted vocal rockânâroll stomper. âColour of the Moonâ moves like another sixties Garage moment led by a mad organist and crooning vocals, it reminds me of when the Damned turned their hand to insane psychedelia. Then they go all Southern Boogie with âBrain Tonicâ. The album finishes with âDeath of Meâ an atmospheric boiler with a spooky voice and rolling drums that you know is going to explode into wah wah guitar and bass funkiness. A great place to leave us, just wanting more.
If you need me to elaborate then I havenât been shouting loud enough. You should hear this record, if you have any love at all for guitars, bass and drums played by grown men who should probably know better then this is the album for you.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.