Listening to the DZ Deathrays album as I peck out this review makes me press the keys with extra ferocity. The whole delivery is a sonic boom at 1,000 feet and their live set exceeded this. The Australian band took the stage at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia dispatching a dense fog of drum beats, guitar chords, and effortless vocals. A clear Death From Above 1979 influence permeate some tracks – the comparison is meant to commend the sound DZDR’s delivers as DFA1979 is one of our all time faves. Their efforts are finally garnering Pitchfork attention at a time when the sirens have already lured in so many.
Immaculate execution on numerous tracks off 2012’s Bloodstreams, DZDR’s left us wanting an encore. Bones rendered in electric garage punk rock, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley delivered a thrashed first performance in Philly and one that everyone in the room should remember for a time to come. Dig some videos we took below: