15/06/2004 03:43 PM
After years of being locked up in a Cambridge garage playing glam rock riffs, The Datsuns emerged into the sunlight - and worldwide rock stardom - to release their first self-titled album a couple of years ago.
It was a huge hit, and followed a whirlwind UK tour that saw the malnourished Waikato teenagers feted by the UK rock-stocracy and signed to uber cool label V2.
They've come long way from their garage in Cambridge.
It's a cliché, but second albums are always hard. First recordings often seem a truer reflection of a band's real passions. If they're any good, by the time a artists gets around to putting out a second offering they've had hordes of stylists and producers and record company A&R men trample all over them. And if you listen carefully, you can her the footsteps of music industry mediocrity tiptoeing through Outta Sight/Outta Mind.
The good news is that at first listen the 12 tunes retain all of The Datsuns' youthful enthusiasm for guitar-fuelled retro rock. Overall it just seems a little cleaner cut than the original collection of tracks - thanks, no doubt, to the fatherly guidance of producer John Paul Jones.
There's plenty to smile about, though. The opening track 'Blacken My Thumb' has already been chewing up airwaves with plenty of radio time. And the hilarious Hong Kong Fury takes the piss out of a 70s cartoon dog (remember the karate-kicking, crime-fighting Hong Kong Fuey?) who was taking the piss out of martial arts movies.
Despite taking a few steps up the rock establishment ladder with this album, the boys haven't forgotten their roots. They've even asked up-and-coming locals The Mint Chicks to head north and play with them at an upcoming gig at London's 1500-seat Shepherds Bush Empire Theatre. Nice of them, don't you think?