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DZ Deathrays
- Bloodstreams

Most of the tracks explode in a frenzy of punk rock excitement with punchy drums smashing through highlights and holding back to create space where needed.

Apr 2nd 2012 | Label: Liberation

It's only taken a couple of years really for Brisbane's DZ Deathrays to go from devastating house parties to become hot property across the Western world. Performing live as a two-piece, it's been necessary for the group to publicise the fact they are not playing along with a backing track – it seems like so much more is going on than just a couple of dudes on guitars and drums.

While the energy and frenetic power of their live shows has obviously proven a little difficult to catch on record, their performance still shines through on their debut album. The guitars sound like a whole bunch of different instruments at once, with a myriad effects creating more layers of sound than should really be possible. On Teenage Kickstarts, the simple guitar line sounds like not one, but several synthesisers all at once. It would be heavy handed and cheesy if not for the subtle approach they've displayed.

It's about the only thing they do subtly however. Most of the tracks explode in a frenzy of punk rock excitement with punchy drums smashing through highlights and holding back to create space where needed. On tracks like Dollar Chills and Debt Death, the drums become the pivotal instrument, creating much more than just a beat for the guitars.

When the tunes are a bit more chilled out, it's usually via the dark disco found on Play Dead Until You're Dead, which sounds more like French electro maniacs Justice than a punk band. The songs are simple and not over-thought, it's the atmosphere and excitement of making live music that these guys are revelling in – and they're doing it brilliantly.

Chris Yates

FACT FILE

Length: 13 tracks, 42 minutes
Mood: Exciting, energised, explosive

DID YOU KNOW?

This album reflects the last four years' worth of hard work by the duo, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley, after a busy schedule of international and national tours. Recording took place at White Room Studios, along with Richard Pike (of PVT) and Neil Coombe.

DZ Deathrays have toured nationally with the likes of Foo Fighters, Crystal Castles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Laneway Festival, as well as Fucked Up and Dananananaykroyd.

Their live shows have stretched well and truly across the globe and include performances at SXSW and The Great Escape. They have also played a number of shows with Band Of Skulls, Male Bonding and full tours of the UK with NYC punk band Cerebral Ballzy and the NME Radar tour.

They were placed in NME magazine's and Q magazine's Top 10 Bands of The Great Escape list, while NME took their praise even further, labelling the band the fourth most exciting new act of 2012, with critical acclaim from Mark Ronson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Huw Stephens of the BBC1.

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Dates

Tuesday 30th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Empire Of The Sun + Tensnake + La Roux + Kilter + John Butler Trio + KLP + Movement + DZ Deathrays + George Ezra + Jagwar Ma + Run The Jewels + Sticky Fingers + Remi + Asgeir + Black Lips + DMA's + SBTRKT + Torren Foote + Just A Gent + Tkay Maidza + Pierce Brothers + Jim Laurie + Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir + Falls Festival

Lorne, Lorne

Tuesday 30th December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + The Presets + Todd Terje + Jamie xx + The Temper Trap + Joey Bada$$ + Spiderbait + Bluejuice + Cold War Kids + Tycho + The Rubens + Luca Brasi + Vance Joy + Glass Animals + Milky Chance + Safia + Wolf Alice + Verticoli + Ursine + Violent Swells + Falls Festival + Cloud Control + DZ Deathrays

Marion Bay, Marion Bay

Wednesday 31st December

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + The Presets + Benson + Yahtzel + Todd Terje + Joey Bada$$ + GRMM + Bluejuice + UV Boi + Spiderbait + Tycho + Safia + Cold War Kids + Vance Joy + Glass Animals + Kingswood + Megan Washington + Thelma Plum + Wolf Alice + Kim Churchill + Fishing + GL + Horns Of Leroy + Falls Festival + Cloud Control + DZ Deathrays

Lorne, Lorne

Wednesday 31st December

New Years Eve with
Architecture In Helsinki + Kingswood + DZ Deathrays + Adalita + The Griswolds + Money For Rope + Magic Bones + Mighty Duke & The Lords + Maids + Empra + Harts + Pretty City + Tequila Mockingbyrd + Them Bruins + The Sand Dollars + Claws & Organs

The Espy, St Kilda

Friday 2nd January

Falls Festival 2014 feat.
Alt-J + Todd Terje + John Butler Trio + Jamie xx + Joey Bada$$ + SBTRKT + DZ Deathrays + Bluejuice + Tensnake + Spiderbait + Tycho + Milky Chance + Glass Animals + Sticky Fingers + DMA's + The Kite String Tangle + Hockey Dad + Wolf Alice + Airling + Falls Festival

North Byron Parklands, North Ocean Shores

Friday 16th January

Sydney Festival presents: Beat The Drum, Celebrating 40 Years of Triple J feat.
Hilltop Hoods + The Presets + The Cat Empire + You Am I + Vance Joy + Ball Park Music + The Preatures + Tkay Maidza + Nina Las Vegas + KLP (DJ Set) + Adalita + Courtney Barnett + Remi + Bernard Fanning + Briggs + Daniel Johns + Dave Faulkner + Drapht + DZ Deathrays + Gotye + Hermitude + Horrorshow + Illy + Joelistics + Mark McEntee + Megan Washington + Paul Dempsey + Sarah Blasko + Seth Sentry + Thundamentals + Tom Iansek + Sydney Festival

The Domain, Sydney

Saturday 21st February

Mountain Sounds Festival 2015 feat.
Alison Wonderland + Carmada + Daniel Lee Kendall + DD Dumbo + DZ Deathrays + East + The Griswolds + Hatch + The Jungle Giants + Kilter + The Kite String Tangle + Luke Million + Northeast Party House + Pepa Knight + Safia + Tkay Maidza + Tropical Zombie + Coda + Harper + Lemond + Ratlife DJs + PHFAT + Nova & The Experience + Dr Kong & The Stem Cells + Avivaa + Owen Rabbit + Colour Cage + White Walkers + Rookie + Via Alchemy + Mountain Sounds Festival + more

Mt Penang Gardens, Kariong

Friday 27th February

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

Saturday 28th February

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

Thursday 5th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Fowlers Live, Adelaide

Friday 6th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Amplifier Bar, Perth

Saturday 7th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Sunday 8th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Wednesday 11th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Newtown Social Club, Newtown

Thursday 12th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

Newtown Social Club, Newtown

Friday 13th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + Hockey Dad

The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

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