When you manage to sell out The Triffid three nights in a row it’s a pretty big deal, especially for homegrown heavy rockers DZ Deathrays. The Brissy legends were back home with an all-star lineup providing an evening of full on punk with Boatshow, These New South Whales and Clowns. Mention must go out to hardcore thrashers Clowns for sending The Triffid berserk with their aggressive, fast paced performance. However all bands set a high standard to welcome the headliners to the full house.
The local three piece started blaring their set with new tune ‘Feeling Good, Feeling Great’, followed by popular single ‘Pollyanna’. Only two songs in and the band’s humongous sound caused issues with the venues sound production, in all fairness all the bands gear is not easy to handle when dialled to eleven. They carried on with classic tune ‘Reflective Skull’ then brutally heavy tracks from ‘Bloody Lovely’ including ‘Back and Forth’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘High’, ‘Over It’ and ‘Guillotine’. There is an element to their older songs ‘Less Out of Sync’, ‘Blood on my Leather’ and ‘Ocean Exploder’ that sent the crowd into a frenzy, exactly what the band were out to do.
No doubt their latest release involved some of the best work yet with singles ‘Shred for Summer’, ‘Total Meltdown’ and ‘Like People’, the crowd were so amped front man Shane could’ve left the crowd to sing the lyrics instead. All of a sudden there was the awkward sound of silence as the band put down their gear attempting to fool the crowd to end their set. The sold out homecrowd were having none of that by demanding ‘one more song’, so they gave DZ another warm welcome to the stage and they decided to play another two. They ended their set for the long time fans with ‘No Sleep’ and the bands standout single ‘Gina Works At Hearts’.
Since ‘Bloody Lovely’ was released at the start of the year we all knew DZ Deathrays were out to dominate 2018, which they’re proving to do. The trio have already been overseas and now selling out their national ‘Bloody Lovely Tour’. These guys put on a massive show, the three continuously shred the stage and manage to sound bigger and better live than in the studio. You need to see DZ Deathrays on their tour straight before they kill the stage at Splendour In The Grass then head to Europe, you won’t regret it but your ears might.
Review by - Christian Kaftritsas