Rambunctious Brisbane party-rock machine DZ Deathrays are going out in an amped-up blaze to round out the year as part of the Best Night Ever at Nightquarter, Saturday 29 December.
With other like-minded ‘in the red’ acts such as The Dune Rats, The Gooch Palms, WAAX, RAAVE TAAPES, Crum and Totty also on the bill, this event promises to live up to its lofty title.
And junior rock fans can also rejoice, with the show being an all-ages event, as long as they have someone over the age of 25 to accompany them.
The DZ Deathray deadly-duo of Shane Parsons (guitar/vocals) and Simon Ridley (drums) are one of the biggest live drawcards on the Oz touring circuit, and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as a band.
And in the lead-up to their upcoming Best Night Ever performance, we fired off some questions to the lads.
How does it feel to be ten – did you have grand plans of reaching this milestone way back in 2008?
It feels good! We have learned a lot in these past ten years. Back when we started the band we were looking for nothing more than an outlet to make noise and play a house party, now we treat this project like a full time job and it’s the best job in the world.
How was September’s ten year celebration tour?
The last tour was one of the best we have ever done, playing those massive rooms in Sydney and Melbourne was such a buzz! It’s almost like playing a festival and the rooms felt really great. I think a major highlight was wrapping up in Brisbane and having Violent Soho open that show (as special secret guests). It meant a lot to us that they would do that. They have been great mates of ours for over ten years. Also watching PUP smash it out before us every night was awesome, it was a real honour to have them along for the tour.
You guys are gearing up now to Shred for Summer with The Best Night Ever event at Nightquarter. Do you guys get on well with the other acts on the bill, and what’s the chances of any random stage sharing antics or guest appearances in each other’s sets?
They are some of our best friends! Of course there’s always room for a collaboration at a Dunies show – it’s complete chaos up there and everyone has a blast.
I suspect it’ll be a bloody hot, as well as a Bloody Lovely show – do you recall the most insanely hot (temperature wise) show you’ve ever played?
I think it was probably a couple from our European tour earlier this year; 36 degrees in Prague and we played a basement with no air con to 200 crazy Czech people. Paris was also a scorcher – not as hot outside but the room was just a big black box filled with drunk Parisians getting loose and taking their clothes off on a Monday night. It was such a fun show!
2018 has been a big year for the band. Do you have any grand plans in place yet for next year?
Totally, we are going into the studio in January so keep an eye out for some new music very soon.
Early bird tickets for Nightquarter’s all-ages event, Best Night Ever, on Saturday 29 December, are all gone, but you can still grab general admission tickets and special ‘ticket and hospitality’ packages in the lead up. It promises to be the Best Night Ever, so don’t snooze. Tickets via Oztix.