In 1997, while still at school,
Dolf de Borst (vocals, bass),
Phil Buscke (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
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
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 seminal
The Specimens &
The Casanovas as well as playing a live to air on PBS radio.
The band won numerous awards over this period, including NME's 'Best Live
Band' and New Zealand Music Awards for 'Best Album', 'Best Group' and
Ozzfest in 2003 on the main stage alongside the likes of
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
John Paul Jones.. It didn't 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.
The band's fourth album,
Head Stunts, was released on 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'.