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DZ Deathrays Go Brutal and Ecstatic on ‘Gina Works at Hearts’

Aussie duo share a taste of their summer album 'Black Rat'

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // February 21, 2014

Last we heard from Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley’s DZ Deathrays, they delivered the quieter, but bursting, “Northern Lights.” Now the two-man Aussie posse are back with “Gina Works at Hearts,” an itchy punk missive that plays like the aural equivalent of an awful/incredible night out on the town. With brutal riffs cribbed from metal, vocals that’d fit right in on a Fugazi classic, and ecstatically warped melodies that recall Hot Hot Heat, these two plant a firm flag for their summer album, Black Rat. Oh, and in case you were fooled by the seemingly static video panel above, look again — there are rats crawling all over the cover art.

DZ Deathrays tour dates:

March 9th – Austin, TX @ TBC SXSW – IHEARTCOMIX Party
March 10th – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas + The Volstead Lounge SXSW (midnight)
March 12th – Austin, TX @ TBC SXSW – Dine Alone Showcase
March 13th – Austin, TX @ The Blackheart Bar SXSW – Hide + Seek 2 (1:45)
March 13th – Austin, TX @ B.D. Riley’s Pub SXSW – Sound Gallery 2 (4:00)
March 13th – Austin, TX @ TBC SXSW – Inflated, Gold Robot… (c. 12:15)
March 14th – Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall SXSW – Exploding in Sound Showcase
March 15th – Austin, TX @ Wonderland SXSW – I OH YOU / Kissability Showcase (c. 12:30)
March 15th – Austin, TX @ TBC SXSW – IHEARTCOMIX Showcase (2:30)
March 15th – Austin, TX @ Maggie Mae’s SXSW – Aussie BBQ (5:35)
March 15th – Austin, TX @ Bar 96 SXSW – Official Showcase (12:00)
April 20th – Milton Keynes @ Crawford Arms, UK ++
April 21st – Guildford @ Boiler Room, UK ++
April 22nd – Nottingham @ Nottingham Bodega, UK **
April 23rd – Bristol @ Trifinity, UK **
April 24th – Birmingham @ Academy, UK **
April 25th – Brighton @ Concorde 2, UK **
April 26th – Carlisle @ Brickyard, UK ++
April 27th – Glasgow @ Oran Mor, UK **
April 28th – Manchester @ Club Academy, UK **
April 29th – Norwich @ Waterfront, UK **
April 30th – London @ Electric Ballroom, UK **
May 1st – Liverpool @ Sound City, UK **
May 2nd – Leeds@ The Cockpit, UK ++
May 3rd – London @ Old Blue Last, UK ++
May 4th – Maidstone @The Rafters, UK ++

** w/ Blood Red Shoes
++ w/ Slaves