Emerging from the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia, Dom Mariani came into prominence as the founding member of one of Australia’s most loved and respected bands of the mid to late 80’s THE STEMS.
From their formation in the early summer of late 1983 to the end of 1987 THE STEMS with Dom at the helm as singer, songwriter and lead guitarist steadily infiltrated Australian radio, press and alternative charts, winning the hearts of critics and a legion of loyal fans worldwide.
A succession of classic singles and a chart-topping LP “At First Sight-Violets are Blue” stirred interest as far a-field as Europe, Japan and the US. But foremost it was his ability to write great songs, unique and confident guitar playing that made him stand out from the rest.
He has recorded 20 albums over a 35+ year career in a variety of styles as a solo artist, side projects and bands that include such lauded outfits as The Someloves, DM3, The Majestic Kelp, The Stoneage Hearts, The DomNicks, Baggage Handler and with his current outfit Datura4.
He is also a two-time West Australian Music Hall of Fame inductee, in 2004 as an artist in his own right and as a member of the now legendary The Stems in 2018.
“Ball-busting Oz proto heavy rock…heartfelt psychedelicised blues and boogie-rock for the denim-clad delinquent in us all”
The Past is Future Bound
Making their debut in March 1984 playing alongside The Triffids and The Saints, THE STEMS released a series of independent records on Sydney’s Citadel Records with each release reaching #1 on the Australian alternative charts. But it was their debut album, released on Mushroom records, AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE in 1987 that received national and international acclaim becoming one of the best-selling Australian albums of that year despite an almost total lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s.
Rolling Stone named their album “At First Sight” one of the top 100 releases of all time and was awarded gold status selling over 35000 copies.
On the 1st of November 2018, The Stems were inducted into West Australian Music Hall of Fame.
“Huge guitars, cracking drums, killer harmonies and insanely catchy tunes. Everything that made me first love rock and roll is here and more.”
DM3 made their mark on the International Power Pop scene with their 3 official albums and are revered by fans and critics alike and are arguably the best power Pop band Australia has produced.
THE MAJESTIC KELP
“Sit back, relax and close your eyes, feel the sun on your back and sand between your toes”,…welcome to the surf guitar lounge.”
Solo & Other Projects
NEWS & SHOWS
Datura4 Upcoming shows
Saturday May 20
Rodneys bait and Tackle, Mosman Park
Sunday May 21
Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Saturday June 24
‘Spiffs and Riffs’ Indian Ocean Hotel
Friday August 4
‘High and Heavy’ Badlands
Friday September 8
Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle
September / October
European Tour Spain and Italy
Solo Upcoming shows
Wednesday June 21
RockWiz live Astor Theatre