Album Review: DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
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4/5 The garage-rock revival looked all but over in 2011. The White Stripes, one of the last surviving members of the class of 2000, parted ways, and the scene looked dead. Thankfully DZ Deathrays didn’t get the message. Their debut album Bloodstreams is thirty-six minutes of pure thrash and scuzz. If Jack White and Death From Above 1979 had a lovechild, it would be DZ Deathrays. The Deathrays are a two-piece outfit from Australia, consisting of drummer Simon Ridley and guitarist/vocalist Shane Parsons. Their self-professed dream is to party with Andrew W.K. and their Facebook profile simply states “we started at a house party... we will most likely end at one”. Judging from this record, it’s easy to see why. Only one of Bloodstreams’ twelve tracks lasts past the four-minute mark, and as that fact suggests, the band isn’t keen to mess about. The minute-long 'Intro' crashes abruptly into 'Teenage Kickstarts', which throws the listener in at the deep end with its dirty riffs and primal screams. Thankfully, Parsons doesn’t overcomplicate his guitar playing; his basic chugging rhythms tie in perfectly with his rasping voice.
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