w/ Miami Horror DJs, The Belligerents + Skegss
Wednesday February 18, 2015
Brisbane-based dancey punks DZ Deathrays combine buzzsaw guitar riffs with fiery, party-ready rhythms. Fittingly, the group — comprised of singer/guitarist Shane Parsons and drummer Simon Ridley, intent on exclusively playing house parties. Word soon got out and they grew to the rock club circuit, releasing their debut EP, Ruined My Life, early the following year. By 2010, DZ Deathrays toured with the likes of Crystal Castles and Ratatat and performed at festivals like Big Day Out, Parklife, and Field Day, making way for their signing to the Melbourne label I Oh You a year later. Their first album arrived the following spring 2012 to acclaim from NME and Q Magazine, while also taking the Best Independent Hard Rock Album at the 2012 Australian Independent Music Awards and the Best Hard Rock/Metal Album at the ARIA Awards the same year. While touring the album the duo managed to start writing what would become their sophomore release and at the beginning of 2014 entered Grove Studios, Sydney with producer Burke Reid to record for two weeks. The sessions resulted in the band’s second album, Black Rat , which was released in mid-2014.
It may have been a long time coming for some, but Australia’s favourite psychedelic-dance adventurers, Miami Horror, are set to return this Summer with a whole new bag of delights. The past few years have seen the group release their highly anticipated debut, Illumination, to heady acclaim, as well as relocate to the US after lengthy tours of both their home country and abroad. Settling in Los Angeles, the four-piece quickly found inspiration in the glowing year-round Californian sun, set up a home studio, and eagerly started experimenting with new sounds and projects to ease their creative itch.
The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane. In 2012 they won a Triple J Unearthed competition which saw them play at Parklife along side the likes of The Presets, Nero and Passion Pit.
Skegss are a band without complex. It’s just as you hear, a slack rock band, that remind you of walking bare feet, being sunburned with stiff hair thanks to sea salt.