DZ Deathrays are made up of two main components. They were designed to play at house parties in the shady parts of Australia but of more recent times expanded their horizons (and perhaps said “shady parts”) to stretch across the globe.
Since the first house party they ever played, the duo have been noted as a relentless live act, 2011 proved to be no different with the two friends hitting the highways of Australia with many acts including Foo Fighters, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Fucked Up and Dananananaykroyd. They also made several trips overseas including performances at SXSW and The Great Escape, shows with Band of Skulls, Male Bonding and finally full tours of the UK with NYC punk band Cerebral Ballzy and the NME Radar tour.
DZ Deathrays quickly fell into the good graces of highly respected publications NME Magazine and Q Magazine who both placed DZ Deathrays in their “top 10 bands of The Great Escape”, while NME took their praise even further and placed them as the “4th most exciting new act of 2012” including a double page spread on the band featuring quotes from Mark Ronson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Huw Stephens of the BBC1!
Upon returning to Australia in early November 2011, Shane and Simon finally ventured into the studio to record their highly anticipated debut LP with Richard Pike (of PVT) and Neil Coombe at the White Room Studios in Mt Nebo. The duo spent the best part of two weeks tracking and mixing developing ‘Bloodstreams’ into the 13 tracks that now show a great development in maturity from the previous release EP’s.
Not wanting to take a rest from touring DZ Deathrays then quickly jumped back in the van and completed Australian tours with Crystal Castles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foo Fighters and Laneway Festival over the 2011/2012 summer, picking up positive reviews wherever they played/partied. Quite a year!
It’s been a little while between drinks for Bundy’s most notorious thrash party duo, DZ Deathrays, but it was with great pleasure that we revealed their brand new single ‘Blood On My Leather’ in Feb 2016. The duo toured relentlessly over the last 12 months, blowing minds and ear drums through regional towns and centres on the Groovin’ The Moo festival run, warming up the stage for Violent Soho on their mammoth WACO tour in May, and a couple of US / Canada tours thrown in for good measure.
With two ARIA wins under their belt for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album two years running for their 2013 debut Bloodstreams and follow up 2014’s Black Rat, we’re psyched the guys have been back in the studio producing the kind of face-melting sounds we’ve become accustomed to expect from DZ Deathrays.