The Datsuns were perfectly named. They were last year’s model, a band that celebrated rock’s glory days, delivering driving rock that made you want to turn up the tape player and pound the dash.

In the early 2000s, the New Zealanders were at the forefront of the New Rock movement, landing on the cover of NME, touring with Metallica and making an album with Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.

In 2021, rock is no longer a buzzword, but The Datsuns don’t seem to mind. Their seventh album – their first in seven years – is a potent mix of garage, grunge and glam. They have a knack for making a song sound epic – even when it clocks in under three minutes. It may no longer be fashionable, but The Datsuns wear it well.

Eye to Eye by The Datsuns is out May 28 via Hellsquad/MGM.

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