DATSUNS IN TOP GEAR!

The New Zealand four-piece bring their "big dumb rock" to UK festivals after signing to V2...

THE DATSUNS are the latest hot rock property to emerge quids in from a bidding war.

The New Zealand four-piece, who describe their sound as “big dumb rock”, have just signed a deal with V2 Records for a reputed £200,000 for only one album, an unprecedented figure for an unknown group.

The bidding war between labels commenced when The Datsuns played a series of incendiary shows here in the UK last April, and now the band are set to return to these shores for live dates in August.

Already compared favourably in the press to The Stooges and AC/DC, the band’s debut album is scheduled for release in September, preceded by an as-yet unnamed single.

The UK shows so far pencilled in are:

London Barfly (NME On Night) (August 22) Reading Festival (23) Leeds Festival (24) Glasgow Green Festival (25)

The band are currently fielding “loads and loads” of offers to tour, according to a spokeswoman, and more dates in early August and after the Carling Weekend will be announced soon.

The latest neo-garage band to follow in the footsteps of The Strokes, White Stripes, [/a] and The Libertines, The Datsuns’ rapid rise from obscurity to hot property began when they supported The [a] in New Zealand in 2000. Since then they’ve forged a reputation for thrilling live shows, including a now-legendary performance at London’s Kentish Town Verge venue in April.