With the DZ Deathrays persona, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have been taking Australia by storm with their dance influenced brand of punk rock for the past ten years. With their debut album ‘Bloodstreams’ and its follow-up ‘Black Rat’ already under their belts, the duo have already had an astounding career.
Now onto their third LP, ‘Bloody Lovely’, the record strikes a great balance of dance-electronic influence and old school punk rock. Opener ‘Shred For Summer’ begins with a bright guitar melody buried under a loud wall of fuzz before a powerful wail from Parsons breaks into a groovy chord progression. ‘Guillotine’ and ‘Back & Forth’ follow suit, with punchy instrumentals and Parsons‘ harsh vocal delivery.
The two-piece’s poppier side shines through in both ‘Bad Influence’ and ‘Total Meltdown’ with cleaner guitar tones, simple drum patterns, and some higher more intricate vocal melodies. Combined with the heavier songs, there’s a great sense of contrast throughout ‘Bloody Lovely’ that will make your ears prick up on more than one occasion.
Despite all the catchy dance hooks, colourful electronic melodies and groovy guitar lines, at its heart ‘Bloody Lovely’ still remains a punk rock record. It holds a sense of defiance and rebellion that’s sure to entice listeners while leaving them wanting to dance along the way.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)