DZ Deathrays are Shane Parsons on vocals/guitar and Simon Ridley on drums, the duo have produced a song that is rambunctious, loud, and fun. “Total Meltdown” Saw its first glimmer of light as a riff during pre-production for standalone single “Blood On My Leather” in early 2016, the idea kept popping up according to Parsons:
“It took about 6 attempts at a chorus until we came up with what it is now, which is why the lyrics in the chorus have nothing to do with those in the verse. It’s a little disjointed lyrically but it’s become a big anthem of the new record and a favourite of ours!”
“Total Meltdown” follows on from “Shred For Summer” , the single that saw the duo smash back into collective consciousness in August this year, and “Bad Influence”.
Bloody Lovely is the DZ Deathrays expanded universe: the perfect amalgamation of all that has come before it, but kicking in the afterburners, and shooting into the stratosphere as we all hold on for dear life. Named for a perfectly Australian turn of phrase (favoured by the father of Parsons’ girlfriend: “it’s brutal and beautiful, and super Aussie”, says Shane).
With Parsons in Sydney and Ridley in Brisbane, Bloody Lovely came together in bits and pieces last year while the duo toured the US, UK, Europe and locally with festival sets and a tour with label mates Violent Soho. The album was recorded at the beginning of this year again with Burke Reid at The Grove Studios where the duo’s last album Black Rat was born.