Concert review: The Sadnuts (The Datsuns), Whammy Bar

By Julian Fizzlebottom

The Datsuns. Photo / Georgia Schofield
The Datsuns. Photo / Georgia Schofield

I've been sent to Whammy Bar to review The Sadnuts, Imploder and The Dirty Sweets. Let's see where the night takes us, shall we?

Straight away I think The Dirty Sweets are pretty bad. It's "rock'n'roll", not rock'n'roll. A photocopy of a photocopy of Motörhead. My brother's girlfriend just said that something about them reminds her of Nickelback. That can't be good. I feel bad being so harsh because they're pretty tight (even if the drummer plays one boring beat for the entire set). The lead guitarist is masturbating with the best of them, but I just cannot get into their set at all. I find myself thinking about other things... TV shows. The Dirty Sweets play their last song, and the chorus features the line, "I'll be seeing you, seeing you in hell/ I'll be there as well". Thanks for clearing that up.

Imploder are next. I enjoy them a lot more than The Dirty Sweets. They have a similar approach, but it's just better. Phil (of The Datsuns) proves he is a competent drummer and his style reminds me a little bit of another Phil, Mr Rudd that is.

The singer reminds me of Bruce Dickinson - he has good range and the songs are actually pretty catchy underneath the heavy guitars.

The Datsuns (performing tonight as The Sadnuts) take the stage and instantly step things up with their new single Gods Are Bored. The new songs sound like an MC5/Sabbath hybrid, massive riffs and big choruses, not surprising really as that's what The Datsuns do best. They play a few more of the newer songs in their canon before unexpectedly launching into 'What Would I Know' from their debut album. They throw in a few more old favourites (MF From Hell, Girl's Best Friend) and mix them up with a selection of cuts (some of which don't have names yet) from their upcoming album.

Christian addresses someone in the crowd with, "If you've got something to say, say it or fuck off!" then follows it up with, "coming from the guy who's wearing sunglasses inside". Dolf chimes in midway through the next song with, "Maybe you were a little harsh on that guy", to which Christian responds, "I wasn't harsh enough". It's all in good humour and they are clearly enjoying playing the new songs to the small but dedicated crowd.

They play one more unreleased song, and then the show's over. The Datsuns prove in their 40-minute set that 10 years on they're still a live act worth seeing. Now I have to find a computer.

Who: The Sadnuts (The Datsuns) w/ Imploder and The Dirty Sweets
Where: Whammy Bar, Auckland
When: Thursday 26 January

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