Album Review: The Datsuns - Death Rattle BoogieFriday 19th October, 2012 10:19AM
The Datsuns are a band who need no introduction around these parts. The story of their journey from Trinket winning the 1999 Battle of the Bands to full-blown kiwi rock royalty has been told countless times already. Death Rattle Boogie, album number five, is not heralded with a worn out story but with a sharp kick to life – one that reminds us how vital good old rock and roll can be when done this well. This album also marks the first time that not only are the four members of the band not living in each others pockets, but they aren't even living in the same country. Singer / bass player Dolf DeBorst has put down roots in Sweden, guitarist Christian Livingstone stayed in London, while guitarist Phil Somervell and drummer Ben Cole returned home to New Zealand. It is a testament to the raw chemistry that these guys have together that you would never have guessed this record was made piecemeal over the last few years when they could manage to all come together.