Perth has become regarded as one of the key cities in Australia that has produced some of the best guitar driven rock/pop in the last 20 years. Dom Mariani has had an illustrious career over the past 2 decades. Fronting seminal garage outfit The Stems, they released a bunch of classic 45's and a classy album 'At First Sight Violets are Blue' leading the 60's revival of the mid to late 80's in Australia. They disbanded in '87 on the eve of a European tour, but remain legendary in the history of Australian Rock.
Dom continued his passion for guitar driven pop and rock and roll with the Someloves album 'Something or Other' gaining positive reviews worldwide for its melodic collection of well produced tunes, but with the band a studio only affair it's now taken on a cult status of its own.
Another 3 well received albums released on the Citadel label followed through the 90's under the moniker DM3 Regarded as one of the great bands of the 90's Power Pop scene DM3 saw Dom finally take his songs around the world and perform at various festivals to pop loving fans.
With the eventual dissolution of DM3 in the late '90's, Dom finally unleashed the long promised instrumental album 'Underwater Casino' with his new band The Majestic Kelp to great reviews at home and abroad. A complete departure from anything previously released it showed off Dom's guitar prowess with a laid back mix of surf, lounge, blues and theme music influences. Which bring us to his latest offering "Homespun Blues and Greens. His first solo album!...What took him so long?
Recorded in Perth and the US his debut long player was mixed by longtime collaborator and producer Mitch Easter (REM, Let's Active) at his Fidelitorium Studio in Kenersville, North Carolina. Self produced and with the help of close musical friends Homespun Blues And Greens is the debut Dom Mariani long player fans have been waiting for.
From the brass driven opener Homespun Blues, latin tinged pop of "Make the Leap", the rootsy slide of "Out of Reach", the catchy, power pop elegance of tracks like "Yuri", "Busride" and Cold Cup, Beatllesque stylings on "Prove" and more, and through to the albums haunting closer "When it Ends". Homespun Blues and Greens is a soulful mix of pop and rock touching on more personal themes while always staying true to the music and sounds he's created over the years. It sees an artist who through a 20 year career come full circle to create a debut of lasting impact. With a voice which has become more self assured and characteristic over the years, Dom Mariani's progression from band leader to solo artist comes as only to further consolidate his position as one of Australia's most enduring proponents of guitar pop.