9 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After three albums as a duo, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have officially become a trio with the full-time recruitment of live guitarist Lachlan Ewbank. That invites a whole new dimension of sounds and ideas without dampening the throttling party-punk thrashers we’ve come to expect from DZ Deathrays. If many of these songs stretch out in surprising ways, the reckless Friday night travelogue “IN-TO-IT” reinforces the Brisbane band’s unflinching honesty. Parsons’ battle-ready roar comes out in full force, though he gets a run for his money when The Bronx singer Matt Caughthran cameos on “Year of the Dog.” Visceral and satisfying, these down-and-out anthems seize on those impactful moments when reality seems almost too intense to handle. “Try to make a lost connection just in case I disappear,” describes Parson on opener “Hi Everyone,” a song that belies its nonchalant chorus to hit squarely in the feels with earnest callouts to immigrants, family members, and the dead and unborn alike.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After three albums as a duo, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have officially become a trio with the full-time recruitment of live guitarist Lachlan Ewbank. That invites a whole new dimension of sounds and ideas without dampening the throttling party-punk thrashers we’ve come to expect from DZ Deathrays. If many of these songs stretch out in surprising ways, the reckless Friday night travelogue “IN-TO-IT” reinforces the Brisbane band’s unflinching honesty. Parsons’ battle-ready roar comes out in full force, though he gets a run for his money when The Bronx singer Matt Caughthran cameos on “Year of the Dog.” Visceral and satisfying, these down-and-out anthems seize on those impactful moments when reality seems almost too intense to handle. “Try to make a lost connection just in case I disappear,” describes Parson on opener “Hi Everyone,” a song that belies its nonchalant chorus to hit squarely in the feels with earnest callouts to immigrants, family members, and the dead and unborn alike.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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