"'Demon Blues' was written before the band had started", Datura4 frontman Dom Mariani explains. Mariani, best known as the founder of iconic '80s garage rock band The Stems, adds that the song played a critical role in solidifying his creative partnership with guitarist Greg Hitchcock. "It felt good from the get-go and despite the dark theme there were smiles all 'round in the room."
Yet even with Hitchcock's past association with indie rock troupe You Am I, plus the addition of bassist Warren Hall (The Drones) and Stu Loasby on drums, the core sound of Datura4 is far removed from the originating sum of it's parts. Elements of hard-lined blues remain evident, but are primarily smoothed out by a dominant, free-formed '70s psych sparsity. Those sprawling soundscapes themselves threaten explosive outbreaks, yet are reigned in further with a defining boogie, a heavy footstomp of swagger that sets a more contemporary course.
"Demon Blues" is the first single and title track from the group's debut LP, due out July 10 via Alive Natural Sound Records.