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