our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
For the most
part, the resurgence of stripped down garage-style rock has been
a wonderful thing for the music industry. Bands like The Hives,
The White Stripes, The Strokes (and to a lesser-end, The Mooney
Suzuki, The Hot Hot Heat, and a slew of others) have given those
individuals fed-up with overproduced pop an outlet for the raw
edge that gave rock its image. But as I said, this is for the
most part. New Zealand's The Datsuns, while they may be tossed
nonchalantly into the same breath as The Strokes et. al, they
are quite a different breed.
Where the other
"The" bands have opted toward a revival of 60's and
70's rock, The Datsuns lean quite a bit more toward 70's glam-rock.
Yes, the very same rock that a few years later gave birth to hair-metal
and most of the less desirable aspects of the 80's.
What The Datsuns
have going for them is their ability to channel everything that
70's rawk was, and to do it quite well. The big problem with this
is that this genre of 70's rock was one of the lower points of
rock and roll. On the other hand, if you really dig the beer and
weed / I like waking up in the gutter after a night of who knows
what, The Datsuns are right up your alley.
And to be completely
honest, for anyone who really digs rock 'n' roll, there are a
few guilty pleasures to be had. "MF from Hell" and "Freeze
Sucker" are still catchy as hell, even if they're spattered
with screaming vocals and over-the-top guitar riffs. I mean, that's
kind of what rock is about - self-indulgence and little care for
So if the bands
playing the free shows at The Annex are what you live for - and
the drunken irreverence is your prefererred lifestyle, you'll
dig on The Datsuns. But if you're looking for a little more class
to your rock you'd best steer clear.
liked The Datsuns...
2. MF From Hell
4. Harmonic Generator
5. What Would I Know
6. At Your Touch
7. Fink For The Man
8. In Love
9. You Build Me Up
10. Freeze Sucker