DZ Deathrays – The Tivoli

DZ Deathrays – The Tivoli

Written by Jack Gobbe

It’s been a milestone year for DZ Deathrays. Snagging a support slot for Foo Fighters’ national tour kicked the year off before the release of their third and most acclaimed record, ‘Blooly Lovely’. And then there is the ten year anniversary of the band, an obvious milestone in of itself. Over the course of a decade this Brisbane duo has grown from their humble house party beginnings to a stalwart of the Aussie rock scene, a truth further realised this year with their acclaimed ‘Bloody Lovely’ record providing some of the band’s most popular tracks to date.

It didn’t take long to realise that Canadian supporters PUP felt right at home in Australia, with the punk quartet giving it everything they’ve got for the final tour stop. The rarity of a break in between songs only heightened PUP’s raucous endeavours, with the set unexpectedly ending in frontman Stefan Babcock surfing the crowd on an inflatable couch.

PUP left the audience in ruins, punters rushing to grab another drink before the mayhem continued. As DZ Deathrays arrived on stage it became immediately apparent that The Tivoli had not seen the end of this hectic crowd of fans. Debut album opener ‘Teenage Kickstarts’ was a fitting introduction, with vocalist Shane Parsons’ howling voice commanding the crowd to break out into mayhem. It was no mistake to follow the band’s early work with ‘Total Meltdown’,a standout from their latest LP that immediately found adoration from newer fans in the audience.


As one would expect from a band’s tenth-year anniversary show, it would be an understatement to say the audience was devoted to DZ, with fan favourites ‘Reflective Skull’, ‘Pollyanna’and ‘Gina Works at Heart’ all scoring the most fanfare from the hometown crowd. Long-time fans showed their colours during several discography deep cuts, with the likes of ‘Dumb it Down’, ‘Blue Blood’ and even the first song they recorded, ‘The Mess Up’, adding to the uniquely curated tenth anniversary set list.

Such a career spanning setlist shed light on how far DZ Deathrays have come, with ‘The Mess Up’ in particular sounding rough around the edges in the best way possible, and a track that still shines with the same catchy albeit punk sound they have persisted to release great music with to this day. Closing the night out with their latest hit, ‘Shred for Summer’,is a testament to how persistent DZ Deathrays have been in pumping out standout album after standout album. Whereas many acts would close with an old career hit, DZ Deathrays aren’t stuck in the past, and their fans aren’t hung up on it either, an exciting prospect that exhibits no signs of the duo burning out.

As everyone rose their glass to the Brisbane boys leaving their stage, I couldn’t help but already anticipate the twentieth anniversary of DZ Deathrays, for this dangerous duo is going nowhere anytime soon.