Internationally acclaimed Perth band Datura4 – the current outfit of iconic Perth rock’n’roller Dom Mariani of The Stems and Someloves fame – had the honour last week of having their new single Open The Line chosen as “The Coolest Song in the World” by Bruce Springsteen’s righthand man Stevie Van Zandt aka Little Steven on his influential and much-loved rock’n’roll radio channel on SiriusXM, The Underground Garage. Dom, who is a long-time favourite of Stevie’s, was also interviewed on the channel on their weekly “Coolest Conversations” spot.
Open The Line was also featured in Classic Rock magazine’s Tracks of the Week, where it came in second behind Pink Floyd (and ahead of Jack White) in a readers’ poll.
Open The Line is the first single from Datura4’s new Neanderthal Jam LP which will be released August 5 on Alive Naturalsound Records. Mariani sheds a bit of light into the making of the track: “It’s one of those songs that came together with very little fuss. Our drummer, Warren Hall, had the drum groove initially from what started out as a casual jam at his home studio in the Perth hills. The rhythm invites you in to dance to the music so to speak, we had fun putting it together and it slotted in well amongst the heavier/darker tunes. The message of the song is a universal and simple one, ‘love is the only answer.’ It’s easier said than done, unfortunately, but something I think we can all agree with. The group vocal, Bob’s Hammond organ, the fuzz guitar riff and the cow-bell really seals the deal.”