Release Date: May 8, 2012
Record label: INgrooves
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Noise-Rock, Punk Revival
The death ray never came to fruition outside the pages of sci-fi novels by the likes of Alfred Noyes and Alex Raymond, and that's probably for the best. However, the principle did manifest in other forms of sonic warfare, many of which appear in our everyday lives without our noticing. Late at night outside grocery stores, malls, and other prime lollygagging spots, an alarm known as SonicScreen, or the Mosquito, blares at a frequency only teenagers can hear in order to stop them loitering in the vicinity.
Bloodstreams is loud. And by loud, I mean noisy. After The White Stripes and Japandroids, you would think one would be desensitized to the idea of so much noise coming from two people..
Australia in the 2010s seems to have time- and space-traveled to New York in the mid- to late '70s, churning out tons of bands carrying the garage and punk flames. Before the halfway mark of 2012, Bleeding Knees Club served up mischievous garage punk and Royal Headache's hooky punk-soul debut arrived stateside -- and with first-time full-length Bloodstreams, DZ Deathrays give their take, a mix of Shane Parsons' buzzsaw guitar riffs and Simon Ridley's fiery dancefloor rhythms. Comparisons to dance-punk bands of yore like Death from Above 1979 and Radio 4 are apt, but DZ Deathrays' roaring rawness and furied energy create a sense of momentum that makes the sound their own.
What do you know about DZ Deathrays? They’re loud, right? Always “they’re loud”. Their gig got shutdown? Why? They were loud. While extreme volume may well be lurking in their arsenal, catchy songwriting and hook-laden songs are more than capable of leading a larger more satisfying attack. In ‘Bloodstreams’ the aussie twosome have an album with unexpected depth and a much greater sonic dynamism than their uber-rock and roll reputation would suggest.