|I OH YOU are beyond psyched to reveal three very exciting updates from your favourite thrash-party duo DZ Deathrays! Making its radio debut on triple j Good Nights, the band’s second official single ‘Total Meltdown’ was revealed overnight along with the name and release date of DZ’s third LP. Titled Bloody Lovely, the pair’s hotly anticipated follow up to ARIA Award-winning Black Rat will be released on Friday 2 February 2018. In celebration of all of the above, DZ will play an exclusive free show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar this Saturday 4 November supported by Press Club. Walk ups only, first in best dressed!
To couple with the release of ‘Total Meltdown’, the band collaborated with director Guss Mallmann to create an innovative Instagram Story quiz in which viewers must try to guess the lyrics of the song. This was premiered through Spotify US/AU and DZ Deathrays Instagram accounts to a total just of just shy of 1.5 million Instagram followers. Follow @dzdeathrays Instagram story now to see it.
Littering their signature thrash-party attitude all over ‘Total Meltdown’, DZ Deathrays (Shane Parsons on vocals/guitar and Simon Ridley on drums) have produced a song that is rambunctious, loud and undeniably fun. Seeing its first glimmer of light as a riff during pre-production for standalone single ‘Blood On My Leather’ in early 2016, the idea kept popping up according to Parsons:
“It took about 6 attempts at a chorus until we came up with what it is now, which is why the lyrics in the chorus have nothing to do with those in the verse. It’s a little disjointed lyrically but it’s become a big anthem of the new record and a favourite of ours!”
‘Total Meltdown’ follows on from ‘Shred For Summer’, the single that saw the Bundaberg-hailing duo smash back into collective consciousness in August this year, and ‘Bad Influence’ – a little taste of the forthcoming album, Bloody Lovely, that kept fans frothing for more!
Bloody Lovely is the DZ Deathrays expanded universe: the perfect amalgamation of all that has come before it, but kicking in the afterburners, and shooting into the stratosphere as we all hold on for dear life. Named for a perfectly Australian turn of phrase (favoured by the father of Parsons’ girlfriend: “it’s brutal and beautiful, and super Aussie”, says Shane) it’s a fully-formed progression from their first two albums Bloodstreams (2012) and Black Rat (2014).
With Parsons in Sydney and Ridley in Brisbane, Bloody Lovely came together in bits and pieces last year while the duo toured the US, UK, Europe and locally with festival sets and a tour with label mates Violent Soho. The album was recorded at the beginning of this year again with Burke Reid at The Grove Studios where the duo’s last album Black Rat was born.
So far 2017 has seen DZ conquer the UK, Europe and China on headline tour dates as well as play on a couple of festivals on home soil. The duo have just been announced on the bill for Fluvial, SIM São Paulo and Festival En Órbita in South America.
We don’t know about you but geez we reckon having DZ Deathrays back is Bloody Lovely!