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DZ DEATHRAYS (previously DZ) are an Australian dance-punk duo from Brisbane, Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland
. Composed of Shane Parsons (vocals/guitar) and Simon Ridley (drums), they put out two EPs before releasing their debut album, Bloodstreams, in April 2012. The album went on to win the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album award at the 2012 ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early years (2008–11) * 1.2 Bloodstreams (2012–13) * 1.3 Black Rat (2014–present)

* 2 Touring * 3 Awards * 4 Influences

* 5 Band members

* 5.1 Touring members * 5.2 Former touring members

* 6 Discography * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

HISTORY

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
performing in 2014.

EARLY YEARS (2008–11)

Parsons and Ridley are both from Bundaberg, Queensland , Australia, were initially the founding members of Brisbane band Velociraptor, and continue to play with the group. Following the formation of DZ Deathrays, the band's first performances occurred at Brisbane house parties. The debut recording for the band was an EP , titled Ruined My Life, that was released in 2009 and its entire content was recorded live at a house party.

BLOODSTREAMS (2012–13)

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
released their debut album, Bloodstreams, in mid-2012 and received praise from Pitchfork Media , with reviewer Laura Snapes writing that the album is "more than worth going deaf to." The album was co-produced by electro artist Richard Pike and was recorded in Queensland during a two-week period. It was released in the UK in May 2012 on the Hassle label and NME
NME
reviewer Kelly Murray explained: "This album has the potential to make your little sister want to shave her head and invest in mock leather hotpants. It’s the penned seduction of a weekend of irresponsibility and a Monday full of inferior excuses."

BLACK RAT (2014–PRESENT)

The band's second album was recorded with producer Burke Reid at the Grove Studios complex, located adjacent to the Strickland Forest, north of Sydney
Sydney
, Australia, in January 2014. The band recorded with Reid for a two-week period—a 9 January Facebook
Facebook
post from the band read: "Producer Burke Reid tinkering away at about 3am. Sounding brutal." The band's press release for the album states that the recording is "a rich, deep collection of sounds, textures and arrangements". In the promotional material that accompanied review copies of the album, Parsons described the album as "definitely a night-time record. After 9pm; that's where it finds its place."

In early April 2014, the band signed with the Infectious Records music company for the release of Black Rat in the United Kingdom (UK). The band toured the UK during April 2014, appearing at the Liverpool Sound City event, prior to the UK release of the album in August 2014. The duo released their second studio album Black Rat in both Australia
Australia
and the United States (US) in May 2014.

In early May 2014, writing for the Australian newspaper, music journalist Andrew McMillen awarded Black Rat 3.5 stars out of a possible 5. McMillen describes Bloodstreams as comparatively juvenile alongside Black Rat, and writes that the more mature sound better suits the duo, as they move beyond their "trash party" origins. McMillen further praises the album's 11 songs as a "significant step forward" and concludes: "... it's the sound of a confident band torn between its populist, party-friendly beginnings and a new-found ability to embrace glimpses of beauty amid the sonic destruction."

TOURING

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
performing in Berlin
Berlin
in 2011.

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
have toured throughout over 15 countries, including Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada
Canada
. In the promotional material for the band's second album, Parsons explained that the band had spent the preceding two years drinking and touring, a period in which the songs for Black Rat were created.

To promote Bloodstreams, the DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
performed at festivals such as the Reading and Leeds Festivals
Reading and Leeds Festivals
(UK), the A Perfect Day Festival (Villafranca di Verona, Italy ), Splendour in the Grass
Splendour in the Grass
(Australia) and St Jerome\'s Laneway Festival (Australia), and headlined the NME stage at The Great Escape Festival
The Great Escape Festival
, held in Brighton and Hove, UK. The band's performance at the US South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas
Texas
was shortened, due to the extreme volume of their music. Musical touring partners include Blood Red Shoes, TRUST, Foo Fighters and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

AWARDS

They won Best Independent Hard Rock album at the 2012 Independent Music Awards and Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards, winning over bands such as Frenzal Rhomb
Frenzal Rhomb
and Buried in Verona for the latter award. The band was completing a European tour when the ARIA ceremony occurred, but in response, Ridley wrote: “this award only means something because we all did it as friends instead of business partners. Looking forward to getting back and having some well-deserved congratulatory drinks together”, while Parsons stated, “the whole thing is pretty unexpected which makes it a nicer surprise.”

INFLUENCES

In April 2014, Ridley identified seven albums that "changed his life" for the Australian "Tone Deaf" music website. Included in the list are Smash by The Offspring
The Offspring
, which was not only the first album that Ridley owned, but "also the first album with swearing on it"; The Bronx 's first self-titled album, "a psych up album for nights when I’m too tired but need to party"; Air's Moon Safari, which is an album that was listened to after Ridley would "come home from work every day" and "melt into the couch"—he stated that he now listens to the album on a weekly basis; and Rust In Peace by Megadeth
Megadeth
, praised by Ridley for being "Metal how it should be!"

BAND MEMBERS

* Shane Parsons - Lead vocals, guitar (2008-present) * Simon Ridley - Drums, percussion, backing vocals (2008-present)

TOURING MEMBERS

* Lachlan Ewbank - Guitar (2015-present)

FORMER TOURING MEMBERS

* Mitchell 'Mood' Gregory - Guitar (2014-2015)

DISCOGRAPHY

Studio albums

* Bloodstreams (2012) * Black Rat (2014)

EPs

* Ruined My Life (2009) * Brutal Tapes (2011) * No Sleep

SEE ALSO

* Music in Brisbane

REFERENCES

* ^ Cahill, Mikey (7 April 2011), "Rock City", Herald-Sun * ^ Chrysta Cherrie. " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
Biography & History". AllMusic . Retrieved 2016-04-05. * ^ Shepherd, Fiona (17 May 2012), "Review : DZ Deathrays", The Scotsman * ^ Seidler, Jonno (7 April 2012), "Deathrays take aim at a hit with debut album", The Gold Coast Bulletin * ^ A B "Aria for Bundy originated band DZ Deathrays", News Mail, 30 Nov 2012 * ^ "Hard journey to the very top", The Courier-Mail, 30 November 2012 * ^ Mengel, Noel (6 September 2012), "It dozen get any better than this", The Courier-Mail * ^ Mengel, Noel (11 August 2012), "Clash of the albums", The Courier-Mail * ^ A B Kelly Murray (8 May 2012). " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
- \'Bloodstreams\'". NME. IPC Media Entertainment Network. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ Laura Snapes (20 June 2012). "DZ Deathrays". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ "The Property". The Grove Studios. The Grove Studios. 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ "January 2". DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
on Facebook. Facebook. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014. Our home for the next 2 weeks. #album2 * ^ Scott Armstrong (24 February 2014). "DZ DEATHRAYS ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE RECORD ‘BLACK RAT’". I Oh You. I Oh You. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ "9 January". DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
on Facebook. Facebook. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ Tom Mann (5 March 2014). " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
launch ‘Black Rat’ album with tour in May". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ A B C Andrew McMillen (May 2014). "\'Black Rat\', the second album by Brisbane rock duo @DZDEATHRAYS, reviewed in The @Australian today". Andrew McMillen on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ Jamie Milton (16 April 2014). " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
Sign To Infectious For New ‘Black Rat’ Album". DIY. DIY. Retrieved 17 April 2014. * ^ Tom Mann (5 March 2014). " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
launch ‘Black Rat’ album with tour in May". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 31 March 2014. * ^ A B Kloke, Joshua, "DZ Deathrays", Beat Magazine * ^ "A Perfect Day Festival (Italy)". Festival Database. Festival Database. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ Petridis, Alexis (15 May 2011). "The Great Escape festival – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2013. The Great Escape's USP is new music. So for the real spirit of things, you are best off haunting the smaller venues. * ^ "City holds final SXSW
SXSW
public input meeting". KVUE News. 13 May 2014. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ A B " DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
Win ARIA Award". AMH Network. AMH Network. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014. * ^ "Hard win for Deathrays", MX (Brisbane), 17 October 2012 * ^ "ARIA AWARDS / 2012 BEST HARD ROCK / HEAVY METAL ALBUM". Aria Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association. 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. * ^ Lucy Dayman (29 April 2014). "7 Albums That Changed DZ Deathrays’ Lives". Tone Deaf. Tone Deaf. Retrieved 29 April 2014. * ^ Howe, Dave Ruby (11 August 2012), "Thrash", Canberra Times * ^ Seidler, Jonno (1 June 2012), "Bloodstreams", The Sydney Morning Herald * ^ DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays
- Bandcamp, 11 September 2009 * ^ Cahill, Mikey (23 June 2011), "Rock City", Herald-Sun

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website * I Oh