SUR­REAL EVENTS

Af­ter mem­o­rably shar­ing the stage with one of the Wig­gles, dance-punk band DZ Deathrays are pumped for a ma­jor show at NightQuar­ter

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

You think your year was a lit­tle bizarre? Try be­ing the drum­mer in Aus­tralian dan­cepunk band DZ Deathrays. Ahead of their show at NightQuar­ter on De­cem­ber 29, drum­mer Si­mon Ri­d­ley re­flects on one of the most pe­cu­liar things to hap­pen to the band this year – when the Red Wig­gle joined them on stage at Splen­dour in the Grass.

“It was the most sur­real things I’ve ever got to do in a band – play to 15,000 peo­ple, do­ing a cover of High­way To Hell, with Mur­ray (from the Wig­gles),” Si­mon says.

“There’s been some weird mo­ments in this band.”

Hot pota­toes aside, DZ Deathrays will be head­lin­ing NightQuar­ter’s Best Night Ever along­side mates Dune Rats, sup­ported by Aussie garage rock­ers WAAX, The Gooch Palms, Raave Tapes, Totty and Crum.

It’s set to be a bois­ter­ous evening of wild an­tics as the mot­ley crew catch up be­tween de­mand­ing tour­ing sched­ules.

“It’s go­ing to be a pretty loose night,” Si­mon says.

“I haven’t re­ally par­tied with Du­nies (Dune Rates) that much this year. They’ve been work­ing on a bunch of new tracks.

“Same with WAAX. There’s so many rad bands, we know a lot of them.

“I guess it’s like hang­ing out with col­lege mates. Ev­ery­one’s been do­ing it, in some form or an­other, for a decade.

“It’s just like see­ing all your mates again.”

Pun­ters will be treated to new mu­sic from DZ Deathrays as they work to­wards re­leas­ing a new al­bum early next year.

Fans of their work know how much the lads love writ­ing and re­leas­ing songs as soon as pos­si­ble – pow­er­ful, in­fec­tious sin­gle Shred For Sum­mer was re­leased six months be­fore ap­pear­ing on al­bum Bloody Lovely in Fe­bru­ary this year.

“The song was called Shred For Sum­mer, you’ve gotta get it out (be­fore sum­mer),” Si­mon says.

“We al­ways try to give pro­mot­ers and fans more ma­te­rial to get peo­ple psyched up. We love do­ing sum­mer fes­ti­vals.

“We’re just in the mid­dle of fin­ish­ing off a se­lec­tion of tracks to record at the start of next year. We’re try­ing to put away as much mu­sic as we can.”

DZ Deathrays play Best Night Ever at NightQuar­ter on De­cem­ber 29. Doors open 3pm, tick­ets from $79.90. All ages event, mi­nors must be su­per­vised by a re­spon­si­ble adult

DZ Deathrays will be head­lin­ing NightQuar­ter’s Best Night Ever on De­cem­ber 29.

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