The Datsuns : London Camden Underworld
The most exciting live band on the planet conquer the capital
Collectively Dolf D, Matt, Christian and Phil Datsun combine to form a
senses splintering, wiry skeletoned, tight T-shirted, lank haired rock ‘n’
roll machine. Watch them and you’ll see a band wholly committed to their cause. How else to explain all this resplendent pouting and pointing? Or how their guitars defy gravity to spend half their time at 90-degree angles? Or the frantic drum solos? Or the historically maligned foot-on-monitors manoeuvres? Or when head Datsun Dolf cheekily declares "You put a little bruise on my heart, London" after a particularly raucous 'Little Bruise'?
And yes, much of what The Datsuns do is tongue in cheek. Still, passion rules here – not panto or pastiche. Spontaneity does rear its head in The 'Suns performance – guitarist Christian wanders into the masses, guitar and all. Elvis lookalikes clamber on-stage and declare the band "The new kings of Rock 'n' Roll".
At the centre of all these hi-jinks is frontman Dolf. It helps that he’s got hair blacker than an oil spill, eyes wider than a furby and an on-stage zest that’ll one day set Top Of The Pops on fire. Look no further than the crotch-liberating supertrash of 'Super Gyration' or the glitterball stomp of 'Harmonic Generator' for proof that they’re on a crash course with the mainstream. Tonight, NME especially marvels at how 'Lady' threatens to segue into a cover of Aerosmith's Mrs Doubtfire soundtrack contribution 'Dude Looks Like a Lady' at every turn. It's part 70's cop-show, part commercial radio drive time, but all thrilling.
Tracks like crowd favourite 'Motherfucker from Hell' are wholly accessible heavy metal, while their cover of '70s power-pop clowns Cheap Trick's 'Goodnight Now Ladies And Gentlemen' and set-highlight 'In Love' (where they're joined by The Datsuns
vixens Carrie and Marcie) make the middle-of-road seem like the most dangerous place on earth.
Tonight, The Datsuns have been catapulted to the front of the Class of 2002.
Swot up on them.
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