Photos (c) Louise Brady
The pair shred out oldie ‘Cops Capacity’, and we’re left fighting for breath amongst the murky air of Red Stripe.
DZ Deathrays are about halfway through their mid-week set at The Louisiana; meanwhile I’m in the corridor trying to stop my mouth from bleeding. Hopefully this gives an idea of just how bashful the Aussie duo’s return was.
With a setlist etched proudly upon the back of a green tea box, they waste little time in thrashing into ‘No Sleep’, it’s a messy squall of pedal effects and crashing drums, the tight-knit crowd are instantly piling into each other. This tempo doesn’t dwindle throughout the night, there’s a ferocious bond between the two on stage and the crowd. The pair shred out second oldie ‘Cops Capacity’, and we’re left fighting for breath amongst the murky air of Red Stripe.
The beauty of DZ, is that their second record ‘Black Rat’ packs all the punches we’re used to and still manages to sound different. To great effect, a second guitarist joins the stage for the deeper and more intricate tracks. ‘Northern Lights’ is the first newie we hear tonight, bringing a more anthemic and layered approach it allows everyone some time to cool off. Vocalist Shane Parsons frequently dips to tweak his army of pedals, ‘Ocean Exploder’ then kickstarts a string of new material.
It’s wonderful to see tracks like ‘Reflective Skull’ and ‘Less Out Of Sync’ hold their own against classics like ‘The Mess Up’, confirming the fact that the duo have held every inch of their appeal. As the night closes with none other than belter ‘Gina Works At Hearts’, we’re left wishing that the setlist was double the size. Please hurry back guys.
Check out ‘Gina Works At Hearts’ right here: