Exit the Stems, Someloves & DM3. Dom Mariani now flies on his own wings. Recognized as a leading figure of the Australian rock scene of the past decades, the publication of his first solo project symbolizes the continuation of a musical career without compromise and faultless taste.
Clear vocals, killer hooks, powerful guitars, and explosive drummings. More pop greatness by the Aussie prime popster on his first single (which is in a fold-out cover).
Wonderfull solo debut 7” single from Dom Mariani released on the very cool French label Pop The Ballooon (other releases include Dwight Twilley, Paul collins and Bill Retoff), packed in a great gatefold picturing all the releases Dom has ever put out in his sixteen-year career. It’s amazing to realize that he had forty-two individual releases (either single / album / EP) over his career. Urk – it means taht I’ve still got twelve of them to pick up!
Amplifier – USA
Another deluxe, gatefold package from France’s Pop The Balloon, “Real friend” is the debut solo 7” from the terribly undervalued Dom Mariani, frontman for Australia’s sensational the Stems and DM3, and it is a real winner. “Real Friend” is built on country-rock pacing, but the melody and hook are pure power-pop explosions, and the harmonies float on air. Mariani’s voice recalls Emitt Rhodes on the b-side “Jenny”, a track that is more loping and bottom-heavy, with a great bubblegum organ popping up midway through, then giving way to a hot, bluesy guitar solo. Both are gems, with plenty to chew on.
AMG All Music guide – USA
.....With this record, Dom Mariani demonstrates his continued mastery of the guitar-pop genre.
....Dom’s songwriting is typically exemplary, and as usual his vocals flicker with a clarity that just can’t be improved on. Piercing guitar chords and gripping rhythms are also responsible for making these tunes so striking. More please!
Twist & Shake – USA
....Both tunes are equaly pop; “Real Friend” borrows the guitar riff to nick lowe’s “My Heart Hurts” for is opening, while “Jenny” has a loping, slightly bluesy groove goin’ on.