reppin: brisbane, australia // i oh you records // 2008 - present
sounds like: a can of beer after you shake it up and are just about to open it
last album drop: bloody lovely (feb 2018)
featuring: shane // simon
Classify these guys as you will, but one thing is certain, they can fucking rock. DZ Deathrays comes by way of Australia, like most of the good stuff these days, and they meet in the middle of rock, punk, metal and dance. Yes, dance. There tunes crawl inside you like an adrenaline rush and the only way to let it take you over is to really dance. The rhythm and pace of their music really does set it up for a dance party. I had the pleasure of catching these dudes at Schubas a few summers ago for one of there very few America stints.
Shane and Simon have been shredding riffs together for the past 10 years and have given us humans a few EPs and LPs in the process. In the land of Brisbane, they started as the band Velociraptor (sweet word), but quickly morphed into DZ Deathrays by playing house parties around town starting in 2008. It wasn’t long after, “Bloodstreams,” their first full length, was received crazy good and even racked in an AIRA. It is so freaking catchy. Your Dad will listen to it and wake up the next day with a mohawk and tight jeans (because we all know we want our dads to do just that). Since then they have been touring legends, hitting over 15 countries on this tiny green and blue marble, playing countless festivals and bringing raging fun times to hundreds of thousands of fans.
I know it was a Monday when they played the tiny Chicago venue and there wasn’t a huge turnout, but the dudes did not disappoint. It doesn’t matter how many people are in the room when they play, they rock out and rock out hard.
Just a short month ago (because February is 28 days, why? Someone tell me), they released their latest full length, Bloody Lovely. The sounds spans a few decades of rock, with easy to move to music and singing ready choruses. I’d start with the opening track banger, “Shred For Summer,” which has shades of Led Zeppelin and you can immediately get a sense for how impactful and easy on the ears the vocals are. The whole album is pretty high octane, but you can also slow it down with “Over It.” Enjoy the little chat I got to have with Shane and Simon!
How did the journey start for y'all and how did you all learn to work together and land on your sound?
We started as a 3 piece but our drummer shortly left to move overseas so I moved onto drums and Shane and I kept the band as a 2 piece and changed the name. Initially we just wanted to play at our friends house parties but eventually we started getting offers for club shows and it just kinda went from there.
When you look at your lives and the story you want to tell, how do you want new fans to approach and interpret your lyrics?
Shane doesn't really class himself as an in depth lyricist and that most of the songs come from personal experiences and or stories his read. He just wants people to take away what they want.
Talk to me about songwriting...how does an idea birth and in what ways to you run with it to create a track?
We've kinda changed the technique a bit over the years as we live in different cities now. However usually one of us will have a riff or maybe a beat and then we just email it back and forth adding to it from our homes. Once we have a few demo's near completion we'll all try to get a house or rehearsal room somewhere and then try play the songs as a band and see where it takes us.
What is your mission when you take the stage. What do you want people to feel?
We want everyone to just lose all inhibitions and just have a fun wild night. We try to make it feel like one big party where almost anything goes and hope that everyone leaves with smile and fun story to tell their friends.
I often love using humorous metaphors to describe artist and band's identity and sound. What is DZ's metaphor?
I guess its more of a moto, but we always say: "Set the bar low and you'll always surpass it."
suggested listening experience: rocking out on the weekends // party time central // outdoor summer hangs