What's on the stereo this week...
Alex Andrews

14:45 17th February 2012

The fact that DZ Deathrays are a noisy two piece with ‘death’ in their name means they will inevitably get compared to Death From Above 1979. That's not necessarily a band thing though, as the Australians are more than capable of holding their own.

Formed in Brisbane by friends Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley, the duo claim: "We started at a house party... we will most likely end at one.” Fortunately, their winning formula behind each song is equally simple. Combining fuzzy bass lines, big riffs, big drums, and hooks that could catch sharks, DZ Deathrays are an electric ball of fizzy thrash pop goodness.
The band became a mini internet sensation in 2008 with the release of the video for 'The Mess Up,' which saw the pair polish off a bottle of Jagermeister in three minutes. It wouldn't be fair to ruin the ending for those for haven't seen it, so we’ll just say that things get a bit messy.
Following festival appearances at Big Day Out and SXSW, tours across the UK and the US and a few more videos under their belt, the Aussie band released their 'Brutal Tapes' EP last year to widespread acclaim. Having received the approval of music critics, DZ Deathrays are set to make a welcome return to the UK in the first week of March with three nights at the Old Blue Last in London. We'd like to think they'll be back for more dates, but they may have broken up a house party by then.