RAWK! Of course, this is not exactly a breaking news item when discussing The Datsuns. If you hadn't heard or seen this '70s-influenced quartet from New Zealand on the DVD for Player .038 (the AC/DC meets Deep Purple-isms of "In Love"), you know well by now that they bring the rock in large portions. Largely shaped by fellow Antipodes AC/DC, these pretty youngsters act like the past twenty-five years were all just the imagination of someone else. For them, it's all power chords, tight pants, skinny Ts and unashamedly long hair, circa stock car racing, 1975. Their anthem, "Motherfucker From Hell," shreds accordingly, nodding its head to '70s dirt rockers like Molly Hatchet, while "Lady" is a bit more groove-oriented, while still keeping to that tight pant aesthetic. Kiss, Def Leppard and any other straightforward blues-heavy rock bands of the past 25 years all share a similar headspace to these kids from Down Under, while head pretty boy Dolf de Datsun shrieks and yells like his balls are in uncomfortable positions. Maybe those pants could be a little more loose.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN