Since sign­ing a UK record­ing deal, DZ Deathrays have ramped up their song­writ­ing and are be­com­ing down­right in­fec­tious

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Bris­bane mu­si­cal duo DZ Deathrays have turned up the melodic vibes on their new al­bum Black Rat. Fea­tur­ing “nurs­ery rhyme style melodies”, the 11-track al­ter­na­tive al­bum was fast­tracked for re­lease af­ter the pair signed to UK la­bel In­fec­tious Mu­sic last month. The thrash-pop duo, Shane Parsons and Si­mon Ri­d­ley, rose to fame with their North­ern Lights sin­gle.

Parsons says there’s no real lyri­cal theme on the new al­bum, which was re­leased last Fri­day. “Some of the lyri­cal con­tent is per­sonal, some is fan­ta­sised sit­u­a­tions and some is re­ally tongue-in-cheek,” he says. “It all has quite a dark late night mood.” Known for their loud and en­er­getic live shows, DZ Deathrays de­scribe their sound as the ul­ti­mate house party mu­sic that a two-piece rock band can play. The duo re­leased their de­but al­bum Blood­streams in 2012, and Parsons says the step-up on Black Rat is ev­i­dent. “I think the melody in the new al­bum is the big­gest dif­fer­ence to the first one,” he says. “We re­ally tried to make hooks out of ev­ery­thing this time. Drum beats and fills to back­ing vo­cals.”

Parsons says the pair are ex­cited to have signed to In­fec­tious Mu­sic.

“They have a great plan for us in the UK and else­where around the world,” he says. “Hope­fully it re­ally pushes us to lift our pro­file glob­ally and keep do­ing what we love.”

In­fec­tious Mu­sic founder Korda Mar­shall says he’s long been a fan of the Queens­land boys.

“I first saw them play two years ago at KOKO in Lon­don and they were a wild fiery bun­dle of noise,” he says.

“When I heard this new


al­bum, what was im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous was how all their hard work and tour­ing has helped them de­velop into great song­writ­ers.” Last week DZ Deathrays re­turned home from a three-week UK tour for a string of Aus­tralian shows. Parsons says the duo are loaded with a new set of “half old half new” songs. We have a new light show on this tour so ex­pect it to be loud and bright,” he says. DZ Deathrays play Else­where Bar, Surfers Par­adise, tonight.

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