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.

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.

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