It's no wonder, the band has received personal kudos from Mark Ronson, airplay on BBC1, Radio 1 and XFM, been Radar artist with full-page feature in NME Magazine and other features in Artrocker and the Big Cheese. They were one of Blare Magazine's 40 Must-Hear Bands at SXSW and have toured Australia with Crystal Castles, Ratatat, The View, Biffy Clyro, The Temper Trap plus more, and are about to go out again with Dananananaykroyd. So what's all the fuss about?
DZ DEATHRAYS consists of only two parts, that being Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley. While it may be hard for some to comprehend a mere two piece with the ability to create a massive wall of sound, this is a feat which DZ DEATHRAYS have been able to conquer with results fashioned from a statically charged mix of influences like Death From Above 1979, The Bronx, Justice, Sunn 0)) and Lightning Bolt. With this combination of musical mentors as ammunition, they create a blend of driving monster beats firing over an avalanche of guitar similar to the sound of a squadron of attacking Panzer tanks.
The band has had two releases since the end of 2009. The first EP being 'DZ Ruined My Life' (Useless Art / Inertia) and the second and most recent EP being 'Brutal Tapes', a mix of studio and house party recordings as well as some remixes from Yacht Club DJs and Surecut Kids.
They tour relentlessly, selling out shows on their own back and touring with high-end international and national artists. They've also played to thousands at festivals across the country such as Big Day Out, Parklife, Field Day, Sunset Sounds, Playground Weekender and more.
In accolades, they have had four songs on rotation at triple j and various community radio stations across Australia, for 'Gebbie Street', 'The Mess Up', 'Blue Blood' and 'Teeth'. Their 1st EP sold over 600 copies in pre sales alone, even before the lead single from the release received rotation. In September 2009 DZ were 'Unearthed' by triple j and they were shortlisted for two separate competitions for Tooheys Extra Dry, in particular the Ted The Lab competition where they were runners up and received personal kudos from Mark Ronson. They were also awarded 39th position on the Rip It Up Magazine's Fresh 50 in 2010 and have been buzzed about in various US and Australian based blogs.
Not bad, for a band designed for playing drunken house parties in Brisbane. DZ DEATHRAYS may have moved on to larger prospects, but that refreshingly palatable gritty-indie sound still prevails. Armed with the additional blinding flashes of strobe lighting, the smell of sweat and alcohol and with a taste for mayhem and carnage, their live shows are a treat for all of the senses.
DZ Deathrays news
BSM at the festivals 23rd April 2012 We're going to be popping up at a number of festivals this summer, starting with a merch stall at Groezrock in Belgium this weekend, so be sure to come and say hi if you're there. Below you'll find info on a few more we'll be seeing you at...
DZ pre-order 31st August 2011 DZ Deathrays 'Ruined My Life' EP is now available to pre-order on CD along with an exclusive t-shirt. The EP is also available to be pre-ordered on iTunes.
An update and a half 11th August 2011 It's been pretty chaotic here lately and only going to get worse, so whilst I have a few moments free I thought I'd post a little update on what's going on with us and our bands...
Say hello to DZ Deathrays 2nd August 2011 We're delighted to announce the release of Australian duo DZ Deathrays' EP, 'Ruined My Life', for the first time in the UK on September 19th. The 5 track CD will come backed with a digital bonus track of 'Gebbie Street'. More info and pre-order links for the release will follow later this mont