Think back to a time when Kings of Leon were topped the triple J hottest 100 with ‘sex on fire,’ Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister and LEAVE BRITTANY ALONE was going viral.
Around the same time the dudes from DZ Deathrays; Shane and Simon were putting together super catchy riffs and performing house parties across Brisbane trying to get their sound well known.
10 years later and the guys are back touring major venues across Australia with their 10-year anniversary tour. The Enmore Theatre was absolutely pumping with the support acts Straight Arrows lit up the stage with their local garage rock and the Gooch Palms flew the banner high for Newcastle.
Touring Canadian buds PUP really got the party started before DZ hit the stage despite vocalist Stefan Babcock recovering from a vocal cord the band made small changes to compensate. But this didn’t stop Stefan jumping into the crowd then finishing their set with the crowd favourites ‘if this tour doesn’t kill you’ and ‘DVP’
When DZ deathrays came on stage the crowd erupted. The visuals were so in rhythm with the music and it really gave a whole other level of energy to the show. The audience were shouting to songs from the past like the ‘Mess up’ to their newest release ‘Bloody Lovely.’ Although the crowd favourite would’ve been ‘Gina Works at Heart.’
The entire set was like a large inviting lounge room making it for a homely feel where everyone was invited.
Just like 2008 they are still creating raw and hard hitting dance-punk that is storming the charts and gaining massive attention and even more impressively attaining cameo roles from child-hood star Murray Cook (Red Wiggle). The guys are like a good wine and have been around 10 years and keep getting more full, and tastier as they go on.
Thanks for the photos and write up by Alex Knocks