In a new take on audience participation, bassist and lead vocalist Dolf de Borst beckoned fans to the floor during Helping Hands off the Cambridge rockers’ latest album Death Rattle Boogie.
And then as the slow-burner reached a typical Datsuns-esque crescendo they rose as one heaving mass, setting the tone for the rest of the night.
It can’t be easy carrying the “next big thing” tag around with you for a decade, but the Datsuns haven’t suffered too much emotional harm on the evidence of this show.
Pulled together from around the globe for their first nationwide tour since 2009, the regular gigging is working for the four-piece. The playing is tight, aggressive, and the performance energetic despite the rigours of the road.
Lead guitarist Christian Livingstone’s nimble fretwork is there to be admired, but the sound is more psychedelic and heavy on the sonics of the group working as one, rather than a platform for the virtuoso guitar playing that ruins so much heavy rock.
And while Death Rattle Boogie was the focus, there was a liberal selection of hip-swagger boogie and fist-pumping anthems from band’s four previous albums to keep those in the mosh and beyond happy.
PS: Any reservations about the sound quality at the Mayfair can quietly be put to bed – it was just dandy.