Award-winning punk-rock outfitÂ DZ DeathraysÂ today mark their entry into the new year with the marvel of King B, a thunderous epic complete with music video.Â LISTEN + WATCH HERE.
Blazing synths, acoustic guitars and sparse piano – King B marks one ofÂ DZ Deathrays‘ biggest sonic departures yet, where the group balance their carnage-inducing instincts with radical experimentation. A production journey from beginning to end, King B inspires anÂ â€œepic force of motion,â€Â bridging theÂ DZÂ we know and love with tasteful elements of glam, hardcore and prog. Equally at home alongside the playful rock opera of Flash Gordon to the road rage in Mad Max,Â DZ Deathrays‘ latest release is wholly reflective of the three-piece as an act: bred on the classics, students of their craft, and releases as inspired as School of Rock to the Hall of Fame.
Of the release,Â Shane ParsonsÂ shares,Â “King B was a riff that Lachlan sent me that has been manipulated to fit in some chords that I put together. We did about 17 versions of the demo before landing on this arrangement. I wanted a party song, I wanted a track that was about getting people together and feeling the energy of that. Then one day it all came flowing to me about 10 minutes. King B was the name of the riff and well, we celebrate it. Itâ€™s one of the biggest departures for DZ, starting a song with big synths and acoustic guitars, then dropping into one of the biggest riffs we have written to date, quickly deviating to more grinding synths, then a piano section then itâ€™s riff to the end. Quite the adventure”
King Bs cataclysmicÂ visual arrivesÂ directed byÂ Phoebe Faye.Â Of the process she revealsÂ “Shane, Lachlan and Simon really wanted to smash up some things. So, why not build a whole set that would be reduced to near-rubble?Â I mulled on the idea of *why* we would destroy a set for a while before the concept settled properly into place – and one thing that we all seemed to like was an air of ambiguity.Â I have a big love for The X Files, and I wanted to lean into that uncertainty that would also allow the viewer to impart their own interpretation. Are they science experiments? Are they captives? Is it a government conspiracy? Although there are a couple hints in the set design to what might *really* be going on.”
Todayâ€™s release followsÂ DZ Deathrays‘ recent, Paranoid, a reflection of their enduring thrashing legacy, was awarded playlisting onÂ triple jÂ and embraced byÂ NME MagazineÂ asÂ â€œa fuzzed-out, riff-heavy cut that oscillates between tension and release,â€Â alongside praise fromÂ Tone Deaf,Â The MusicÂ and more,Â theÂ multi-ARIA winningÂ group have come a long way since the first house party gig they formed for, cultivating a global following for their addictive punk energy and sheer volume.
From their inception,Â DZ DeathraysÂ remain one of the most recognisable acts in the contemporary Australian rock canon, most notably with the success of their debut albumÂ ‘Bloodstreams’Â which madeÂ DZÂ synonymous with thunderous. Quickly followed by their second albumÂ ‘Black Rat’Â signifying a maturer sound, they expanded beyond their garage roots into an award-winning machine, touring the world countless times over, supportingÂ The Foo FightersÂ stadium tours,Â Ratatat,Â Biffy Clyro,Â GrinspoonÂ and more, headline slots acrossÂ The Tivoli,Â The EnmoreÂ andÂ The Forum, to collaborating with aÂ Wiggle.
AmongstÂ DZ‘s enduring fanbase they remain festival favourites with performance tallies across multiple years atÂ Splendour In The Grass,Â Falls Festival,Â St. Jeromeâ€™s LanewayÂ alongside international appearances atÂ SXSW,Â Reading and Leeds Festival, and multiple entries inÂ triple jâ€˜sÂ Hottest 100. Coupled with their more recent LPsÂ Bloody LovelyÂ and their critically-acclaimed twin concept albums,Â ‘Positive Rising: Part 1’Â andÂ ‘Part 2’, the project ofÂ Shane Parsons,Â Simon RidleyÂ andÂ Lachlan EwbankÂ has long cementedÂ DZ Deathraysâ€˜ staple status â€“ itâ€™s not every day that a band gets stronger and more popular with time. Looking to the future they affirm that the party never dies.Â
King B is out now, buy/stream itÂ here.
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