The Datsuns

The Datsuns
The Datsuns
Background information
Origin Cambridge, New Zealand
Genres Hard rock, garage rock revival, heavy metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels In-Fidelity, V2, Cooking Vinyl
Associated acts Cold Ethyl
Dolf de Borst
Phil Somervell
Ben Cole
Christian Livingstone
Past members
Matt Osment

The Datsuns are a hard rock band from Cambridge, New Zealand,[1] formed in 2000. To date they have released four albums and several singles, most of which have charted in New Zealand and/or the United Kingdom. Their projected fifth album is currently in the production stage.



In 1995, while still at school, Dolf de Borst (vocals, bass), Phil Somervell (guitar), and Matt Osment (drums) formed a band under the name Trinket. Christian Livingstone joined the band in 1997 as a second guitarist. They entered and won the 1999 89FM Battle of the Bands competition in Hamilton, New Zealand.

By 2000 the band had renamed themselves 'The Datsuns'. In August 2000 they released their first single, "Super Gyration!," on 7 inch vinyl only. In July 2002, after featuring several times on John Peel's programme on the UK's BBC Radio 1 and being hailed as "the future of rock" by the British music press, the band signed with the V2 record label. Their self-titled debut album made a strong impression in the UK, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The Datsuns toured Australia in 2002 with Melbourne band The Specimens and The Casanovas as well as playing a live to air on PBS radio.

The Datsuns won numerous awards over this period, including NME 's 'Best Live Band' and New Zealand Music Awards for 'Best Album', 'Best Group' and 'Breakthrough Artist'.

They played Ozzfest in 2003 on the mainstage alongside the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Korn and Disturbed. They also played the main stage of the 2004 and 2009 Big Day Out festival and opened for Metallica in their Australian tour in 2004. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had previously praised The Datsuns on the revival debut of Headbangers Ball before playing their video for "In Love." Their second album, Outta Sight, Outta Mind, was produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. It did not receive the same praise as the first, as critics gave it only a lukewarm response.

In October 2006, the Datsuns came back with Smoke & Mirrors, heralded as a return to form in Australia and New Zealand. The album was met with generally positive reviews, although it was not reviewed as widely as the band's first two efforts. After the release of the third album, drummer Matt Osment was replaced by Ben Cole.[1]

The Datsuns went on a New Zealand tour with Shihad during the Christmas/New Year's period 2006/07.

The band then completed a tour of Europe to promote Smoke & Mirrors. Although playing mostly locations the band had not previously visited, The Datsuns still managed to sell out the majority of the European dates.

The band's fourth album, Head Stunts (an anagram of The Datsuns), was released on 6 October 2008. The band recently toured New Zealand, Australia and America to try out new songs such as "Eye Of The Needle", "Human Error", "So Long", "Hey Paranoid People What's In Your Head", "Your Bones" and the limited edition single "Highschool Hoodlums".

To coincide with the release of Head Stunts, the quartet embarked on a tour of the UK and Europe.[1]

The Datsuns are currently mixing their fifth studio album, which was produced by former Hellacopters frontman Nicke Andersson. The yet-to-be-named album was recorded at Gutterview Recorders in Stockholm, and is due for release by end of 2011.


Date Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
2002 The Datsuns Hellsquad Records, In-Fidelity Recordings, V2 Records #1
New Zealand
2004 Outta Sight, Outta Mind Hellsquad Records, V2 Records #7
New Zealand
2006 Smoke & Mirrors Hellsquad Records, EMI, V2 Records #16
New Zealand
2008 Head Stunts Hellsquad Records, Cooking Vinyl 3733542
2006 Stuck Here for Days Hellsquad Records, EMI, V2 Records - - - -
Harmonic Generator (Japan) Hellsquad, V2 Records - - - -


Year Single Album Charted[2]
2000 "Supergyration" - -
2001 "Fink for the Man" The Datsuns -
2001 "Lady" The Datsuns -
2002 "In Love" #25 (UK)
2002 "Harmonic Generator (Intermodulator)" #33 (UK)
2003 "Mother Fucker from Hell" #55 (UK)
2004 "Blacken My Thumb" Outta Sight/Outta Mind #48 (UK)
2004 "Girl's Best Friend" #71 (UK)
2006 "Stuck Here for Days" Smoke & Mirrors #23 (NZ)
2006 "System Overload" -
2008 "High School Hoodlums" Head Stunts -
2008 "Human Error" -
2009 "So Long" (UK) -

|2011 | "Gods Are Bored" (UK) |align="center"| -


  1. ^ a b c "Datsuns on the road again". Otago Daily Times. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 142. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^

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