LIVE MUSIC: DZ Deathrays, made up of Shane Parsons (left) and Simon Ridley are coming to Toowoomba in March.
LIVE MUSIC: DZ Deathrays, made up of Shane Parsons (left) and Simon Ridley are coming to Toowoomba in March. Matt Warrell

DZ Deathrays find regional shows looser than city gigs

AUSTRALIAN dance-punk band DZ Deathrays will return to Toowoomba next month to rock the Mills Precinct.

This will be the band's, whose song Like People came in at number 47 in Triple J's Hottest 100 last week, sixth time playing in Toowoomba.

"The first time we played Toowoomba it was a real dud show, it was brutal," the band's drummer Simon Ridley said.

"We were a bit hesitant about coming back, but then Phil (Coorey) from the Spotted Cow got in touch and we played there and we just had so much fun.

"Then we did another show there and now Toowoomba's turned into quite a fun city for us."

Mr Ridley said shows in regional areas like Toowoomba were always a little bit looser than shows in larger cities.

"There is always a trick to getting something working production-wise, as there could be a dodgy speaker here or there," he said.

"We get excited watching the crowd as it becomes a huge riot."

Former Red Wiggle Murray Cook performing with DZ Deathrays at Splendour In The Grass. Picture: Daniel Johnson
Former Red Wiggle Murray Cook performing with DZ Deathrays at Splendour In The Grass. Picture: Daniel Johnson

He said touring in regional cities was important as it could inspire future musicians. He said he himself was inspired when, growing up in Bundaberg, Jebediah toured.

"Everyone at school was talking about that gig and learning the songs," he said.

"That sort of thing spurs the creation of music scenes in rural towns."

 

DZ Deathrays have been active since 2008 and have gone on to win an ARIA award and play the main stage at Splendour in the Grass.

Last year they collaborated with former red Wiggle Murray Cook for their Like People music video.

"Murray is quite active in the Sydney music scene so we've seen him around," Mr Ridley said.

"We initially had the funny idea to have someone like Murray, who our generation don't see often anymore, in the video.

"Once he heard the song he was on board."

Mr Ridley said fans could expect to hear material from their latest album Bloody Lovely, their back catalogue and some new music too.

"If it's anything like the last few shows in Toowoomba it will be really fun," he said.

"We just hope people will have fun at our shows."

DZ Deathrays will perform at The Mills Precinct with special guests Moaning Lisa on March 15 at 8pm.

Tickets to the 18+ show are available through Oztix.



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