We caught up with ‘Andrew WK loving’ two piece DZ Deathrays for a quick chat before their Old Blue Last show about how life has been treating them since their appearance at the 2011 TGE Festival…
Last year you played The Great Escape, how many shows did you play?
Shane - We did three.
How did you find the festival?
Simon - Yeah it was fun, and it was pretty easy because we just had the same hotel. Because that whole time we were doing so much travelling everyday it was like a new hotel every town but in Brighton it was like, we had nearly a week off it was great.
Who’d you see then?
Shane - We saw Die! Die! Die! We love those guys. Oh and we played with [Cerebral] Ballzy, that was fun.
So this year you’re returning and it was announced today that you’re headlining the NME Stage. Are you looking forward to that?
Simon - I think we’re only there for the day. We’ll make it count.
There seems to be that there’s loads of really good bands coming out of Australia and New Zealand at the moment, why do you think that is?
Simon - I think there will be a whole lotta good bands that lead, and then a whole lotta bands that get inspired by that.
Who should we be listening to over in the UK?
Shane - I know Last Dinosaurs (who are playing TGE 2012) are coming over. They’re amazing and they’re from our home town and they’re just incredible. They’re doing really well in Australia and we just know that when they come over here they’ll clean up. Bloc Party are into them. I think maybe the oldest in the band is 22 and the youngest is like, 18 or 19. So they’re young guys, and they’re ready to take on the world. So there’s those guys, and there’s also another band, we’ll just do bands from our hometown, there’s Dune Rats, there’s two of them and they’re our mates. They’re kinda like surfer kind of, poppy sort of stuff. They’ve got a really good edge to them and they’re awesome guys. So they’re doing really well, they’re touring with Ariel Pink and Best Coast and stuff in Australia and they’re constantly doing stuff.
Simon - Tiny Migrants are great.
Shane - I dunno, we wanna try and get our other band over here to the UK as well.
What’s the other band called?
Shane - Velociraptor.
I see a dinosaur theme here.
Shane - [Laughs] Yeah. But uh, there’s twelve people in that band. We could maybe bring like a scaled down version of eight, that’s not a bad thing to scale it down because when there’s twelve on stage it’s just mental. It’s like a big party, one of us just goes crazy and yeah, it’s really fun. Maybe one day we’ll get there.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Simon - After we tour over here in May, I think we’re spending June and July in the States. Then we’re going back to Australia and doing some stuff down there for little bit then we come back here in August. And then we can just tour for the next three months. We really wanna relocate over to Europe.
Have you got anywhere in mind?
Shane - We wanna try Berlin.
Good choice, have you been before?
Shane - Yeah we went in October. I dunno, it seems logical for us to be over here then just stay here. I mean that flight. It’s just horrible we can’t keep doing that [laughs] and it’s costing us thousands of dollars to come over here then to go back to Australia. And then when it gets really cold here maybe in December we’ll just go back to Australia and do festivals there.
It’s been a pretty crazy 10 months for you. What’s happened since you played the Great Escape in 2011.
Simon - Oh yeah, well that was nuts. I think The Great Escape was like the turning point. We had to do crazy shit last year, we played stadiums in Australia with the Foo Fighters and shit. So it’s been pretty nuts.
Was that the kind of moment, supporting the Foo Fighters, that you realise things are getting serious?
Simon - It was just a little weird. Really surreal hanging out and talking to people like Jack Black and stuff. Yeah it was really weird.
Shane - We did the tour with [Cerebral] Ballzy and it was such a last minute sort of thing we had a coupe of weeks before their tour before we found out we were on it, and it was awesome and we went over and did ten shows with them or whatever and then we did The Great Escape. And that was great we got heaps of good press out of it.
One last question have you managed to party with Andrew W.K yet?
Simon - No but we get do it. We’re doing a showcase at SXSW in Texas. Andrew W.K is headlining our showcase. So we’re gonna get a beer bong, that’s how we’re gonna warm up. I don’t even want to talk to him I’m just walk up to him and just fist pump and that’ll be it.
DZ Deathrays will be appearing at this year’s The Great Escape Festival. Tickets for the festival are available now. We’re also running a competition on our Facebook page, we have two signed DZ Deathrays polaroids to give away, to be in with a chance of winning one simply go share the post. Good luck!
NME Radar stage at The Great Escape
We are delighted to spread the news that NME Radar will be returning to The Great Escape again this year to curate the line up at Horatio’s Bar. The NME Radar stage will host a range of international and UK based artists featuring the likes of Niki & The Dove, Howler, DZ Deathrays and also many more. The full line up so far is…
THURSDAY 10th MAY
NIKI & THE DOVE
FRIDAY 11TH MAY
M O N E Y
(plus one more act to still be confirmed)
SATURDAY 12th MAY
DROP OUT VENUS
To attend these shows simply purchase your 3 day early bird tickets by CLICKING HERE (access to all venues is subject to capacity).
DZ Deathrays consists of only two parts, that being Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley. They hail from Brisbane, Australia and started playing house parties and will most likely end at one. While it may be hard for some to comprehend a mere two piece with the ability to create a massive wall of sound, this is a feat which DZ DEATHRAYS have been able to conquer with results fashioned from a statically charged mix of influences like Death From Above 1979, Justice and Lightning Bolt.
They have an upcoming residency at the Old Blue Last, London from March 6th-8th. We hear tickets are going fast, snap one up here before its to late. Or better yet catch them at The Great Escape Festival from the 10th-12 May.
The Great Escape 2012 Line-Up Announcement
TGE’s first line up announcement has landed and we couldn’t be more excited! From Catalan garage to Australian Electro-chant, UK Surf to Canadian Blues, a staggering host of remarkable sounds have already been secured. Here is an interactive poster featuring the line up so far and a link to a music video for every band, so if you haven’t given them all a listen, now you have no excuse!
Amongst the raw talent on display we have rockers DRY THE RIVER, Danish electro-poppers WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE, Afrotronic super group AFRICA EXPRESS SOUND SYSTEM*, hard-core Aussie duo DZ DEATHRAYS, Dalston outfit SPECTOR and so many more.
Europe’s leading festival for new music is also bringing new Catalan Sounds to the British seaside like MUJERES, ME AND THE BEES, SEWARD and FURGUSON, as part of the lead International partnership with the Institut Ramon Llull.
You should brace yourselves music lovers because this will be a year to remember!
CLICK HERE for more info of the artists playing
Have you bought your ticket yet? If not CLICK HERE
* Please note that Africa Express Sound System are performing as part of our Brighton Dome Show programme. To access you need to top up your festival wristband for £7 or buy seperate gig tickets. CLICK HERE for further info.
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- Africa Express Sound System
- Dry The River
- We Are the Ocean
- Zulu Winter
- DZ Deathrays
- Nils Frahm
- A Winged Victory For The Sullen
- Jamie N Commons
- Django Django
- Perfume Genius
- Com Truise
- When Saints Go Machine
- Sonic Boom Six
- François And The Atlas Mountains
- Bos Angeles
- Young Dreams
- Weird Dreams
- Young Magic
- The British Expeditionary Force
- Max Cooper
- Jinja Safari