Led by French guitarist and DJ Yvan Serrano (aka DJ Healer Selecta) -- and part of his Raison d’Etre band collective -- rock & roll and rhythm & blues revivalists the Dustaphonics were formed in 2008. The lineup was completed by powerhouse vocalist Hayley Red, Dan Whaley on bass, and either Eric Frajiria or (ex-Milkshake/Headcoat) Bruce Brand on drums.
The Dustaphonics' first single, "Burlesque Queen," was issued in 2010 on retro London label Dirty Water ("taking music backwards into tomorrow"). The sleazy R&B grinder was co-written by Tura Satana, star of Russ Meyer's 1965 cult flick Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, and served as a precursor of what to expect from their debut album released the following year. Party Girl (2011) fizzed with an exuberant mix of R&B, rock & roll, rockabilly, soul, surf, and garage, capturing the energy and verve of their revue-style live shows. The LP included a cover of MC5's "Looking at You," and Bo Diddley featured on the intro of the closing track, "Take It from Diddley." Diddley was not the only name to enthuse over the band. The Dustaphonics also found favor with the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, and soul star Spanky Wilson. Sophomore album Big Smoke London Town (2014) continued the theme with ten self-penned tracks of lively vintage sounds, plus a cover of Louisiana Red's "Ride on Louisiana Red." ~ Matthew Garbutt