The Australian duo DZ Deathrays rocked SXSW for their second consecutive year. Photo: Angela H. Brown
On Wednesday afternoon in Austin, Australia’s DZ Deathrays proved that bass players are becoming obsolete. The guitar and drum power duo was a top priority on my “to-see” list, reminding me a bit of Death from Above 1979, and they slaughtered it on-stage at the Mohawk. Although DZ Deathrays were only made up of two members, their guitarist Shane Parsons' use of a variety of effects pedals and the intense energy that the he and drummer Simon Ridley had on stage made them seem like a much larger band. Ridley looked like an animal behind his kit—thrashing and head banging so aggressively that I’m shocked he didn’t knock his drums over mid-set. Both members were drenched in sweat a few songs in, and with the Ridley's blond locks and the Parsons' brown ones, it was impossible to avoid the clichéd Wayne and Garth comparisons. These two Aussies killed it on-stage during their second year at SXSW. If these boys ever tour stateside, drop whatever you’re doing and fucking go!