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DZ Deathrays
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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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Saturday 28th 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

Sunday 1st March

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

Saturday 14th March

Farmer & The Owl Festival feat.
Bad//Dreems + Bass Drum Of Death + Birds with Thumbs + Cabins + Carb on Carb + The Cherry Dolls + The DHDFD's + Drunk Mums + DZ Deathrays + Hockey Dad + Hy-Test + Jebediah + Lunatics On Pogosticks + The Mess Hall + The Peep Tempel + PHFAT + Pinheads + Richard In Your Mind + Shining Bird + Spookyland + Step-Panther + Sunbeam Sound Machine + Tees + Totally Unicorn + The Walking Who + You Beauty + Velociraptor + Rolls Bayce + Jeremy Neale + Parkside + Space 44 DJs + Blackbear + more + Farmer & The Owl Festival

Uni Bar, Wollongong

Sunday 15th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + The Ron Swansons

The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Sunday 15th March

DZ Deathrays + Bass Drum Of Death + The Ron Swansons

Fortitude Valley PCYC, Fortitude Valley

Saturday 21st March

El Grande Festival feat.
28 Days + DZ Deathrays + Dream On Dreamer + Voyager + Sydonia + Ezekiel Ox + Strictly Ballroom + Bearfoot + A Direst Desire + The Short Fall + The Bucketseats + La Mont + Agnes Blue + Best Friends

The Grand Hotel, Gladstone

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