Under The Influence

Diesel

Written by Jacqui James

 

IT’S NO SECRET I LOVE DIESEL! To me Mark Lizotte aka Diesel is a pure genius because he continuously makes albums that are so different to each other and then there’s the fact he’s the greatest guitarist in Australia!

Under The Influence has a staggering sixteen tracks, sounding very different to each other. Diesel’s parents moved their family to Australia from America in the early 80’s! Listening to Under The Influence I get the feeling Diesel’s American heritage is coming out more as he gets older. There are several instrumental tracks that range from a very cool cowboy standoff track called Rumble to a Hawaian track It’s All In The Game.
(for all you old-school Injectors fans, I bet when you see three tracks called “THANG 5”, “THANG 4” and “THANG 6” you’ll get excited!)

Also Diesel “dedicates” his musical appreciation to his heroes by his own sound to tracks like Jimi Hendrix’s Wind Cries Mary, which is just like a match made from heaven.

In the very manly track Have Love Will Travel, Diesel either got in his brother-in-law Jimmy Barnes to do some of his infamous screaming or Diesel channeled Barnesy!

Going Down is one of those tracks that you can’t put in a pigeonhole. It’s bluesy but with a backing beat that lifts the track. Like many his other bluesy songs, Diesel has an uncanny way to sound like an old man from New Orleans.

The boppy Caladonia would have been perfect for a 1950’s dance (I was actually imagining The Fonz dancing with girls from a Happy Days scene while listening to this track). Diesel’s version of Neil Young Cinnamon Girl dreamily
captures 1969’s carefree attitude.

I give Under The Influence five out of five frangipanis!

I am looking forward to seeing Diesel perform tracks from Under The Influence live. Here are the Under The Influence tour dates:

JULY 2011

Fri 29th VAULT 146, Windsor NSW

Venue (02) 4587 8146 or www.vault146.com.au

 

Sat 30th BELMONT 16 FOOTERS, Belmont NSW

Venue (02) 4945 0888

 

AUGUST 2011

Thu 4th THE BRASS MONKEY, Cronulla NSW

Venue (02) 9544 3844, www.brassmonkey.com.au or

Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au

 

Tue 9th FRIENDS RESTAURANT, East Perth WA (solo show)

Venue (08) 9221 0885 or Bocs (08) 9484 1133,

www.bocsticketing.com.au

 

Wed 10th THE ICON, Karratha WA (solo show)

Venue (08) 9185 6911

 

Thu 11th GRAND BOULEVARD TAVERN, Joondalup WA

Venue (08) 9300 9494

 

Sat 13th CHARLES HOTEL, North Perth WA

Venue (08) 9444 1051 or Bocs (08) 9484 1133,

www.bocsticketing.com.au

 

Thu 18th WARWICK RSL, Warwick QLD

Venue (07) 4661 1229 or www.warwickrsl.com.au

 

Fri 19th REDLANDS MULTI SPORTS CLUB, Brisbane East QLD

Venue (07) 3824 8999

 

Sat 20th NORTHS LEAGUES & SERVICES CLUB, Brisbane North QLD

Venue (07) 3285 2733 or www.northsleagues.com

 

Fri 26th & THE BASEMENT, Circular Quay NSW

Sat 27th Venue (02) 9251 2797, www.thebasement.com.au or

Moshtix 1300 GET TIX or www.moshtix.com.au

 

SEPTEMBER 2011

Fri 2nd CLARENDON GUEST HOUSE, Katoomba NSW (solo show)

Venue (02) 4782 1322

 

Sat 3rd MILTON THEATRE, Milton NSW

Country Leather (02) 4455 3056 or

Malibu Music (02) 4455 5693

 

Fri 9th CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB, Phillip ACT

Venue (02) 6283 7200

 

Sat 10th ROOTY HILL RSL, Rooty Hill NSW

Venue (02) 9625 5500 or

www.rootyhillrsl.com.au/entertainment

 

Fri 16th & NORWOOD LIVE, Norwood SA

Sat 17th Venue (08) 8431 1822 or www.thenorwood.com.au

 

Sun 18th THE OLD MILL, Hahndorf SA

Venue (08) 8388 7888

 

Thu 22nd REGENT THEATRE, Ballarat VIC

Venue (03) 5330 5555

 

Fri 23rd THE PALMS AT CROWN, Melbourne VIC

Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

 

Sat 24th GATEWAY HOTEL, Geelong VIC

Venue (03) 5275 1091 or Ticketmaster 136 100,

www.ticketmaster.com.au

 

OCTOBER 2011

Fri 21st, THE BRASS MONKEY, Cronulla NSW

Sat 22nd & Venue (02) 9544 3844, www.brassmonkey.com.au or

Sun 23rd Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au

 

NOVEMBER 2011

Thu 3rd SPRINGLAKE HOTEL, Brisbane West QLD

Venue (07) 3436 2100 or www.springlakehotel.com.au

Fri 4th BRONCOS LEAGUES CLUB, Brisbane QLD

Venue (07) 3858 9000 or www.broncosleagues.com.au

Sat 5th TWIN TOWNS SERVICES CLUB, Gold Coast QLD

Venue 1800 014 014 or www.twintowns.com.au

 

For further information: www.dieselmusic.com.au or www.liberation.com.au

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