BRISSIE DUO ARE TURNING UP HEAT
Since signing a UK recording deal, DZ Deathrays have ramped up their songwriting and are becoming downright infectious
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
THEIR HARD WORK AND TOURING HAS HELPED THEM DEVELOP INTO GREAT SONGWRITERS
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.