DZ Deathrays today revealed their sixth studio album R.I.F.F. out via DZ Worldwide alongside the news of their national album tour for July – September, with a series of major city and regional performances supported by Press Club and dust.
Kicking off in Port Macquarie in July, the band will head across the country, hitting the likes of Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Frankston, Townsville and Melbourne, among others, before finishing up in Sydney in September.
Locally you’ll be able to catch one of the country’s most essential live acts at the Torquay Hotel on 18 August and at Volta in Ballarat on 31 August 2023.
DZ Deathrays R.I.F.F. 2023 Australian Tour
Fri 28 Jul – Finnians – Guruk / Port Macquarie
Sat 29 Jul – Newcastle Hotel – Awabakal Land / Newcastle
Thu 3 Aug – Lions Art Factory – tarndanya / Adelaide
Fri 4 Aug – The River – Wooditup / Margaret River
Sat 5 Aug – Rosemount Hotel – Boorloo / Perth
Fri 11 Aug – Vinnies Dive – Ngarang-wal Land / Gold Coast
Sat 12 Aug – Princess Theatre – Meanjin / Brisbane
Sun 13 Aug – Solbar – Murukutchi-dha / Maroochydore
Thu 17 Aug – Sooki Lounge – Wurundjeri Land / Belgrave
Fri 18 Aug – Torquay Hotel – Wadawurrung Land / Torquay
Sat 19 Aug – Pelly Bar – Bunurong Land / Frankston
Thu 24 Aug – Seabreeze Hotel – Yuwibara Land / Mackay
Fri 25 Aug – The Warehouse – Bindal and Wulgurukaba Land / Townsville
Sat 26 Aug – Edge Hill Tavern – Gimuy / Cairns
Thu 31 Aug – Volta – Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung Land / Ballarat
Fri 1 Sep – Corner Hotel – Naarm / Melbourne
Sat 2 Sep – Haba – Boonwurrung and Bunurong Land / Rye
Thu 14 Sep – The Basement – Ngunnawal Land / Canberra
Fri 15 Sep – Unibar – Dharawal Land / Wollongong
Sat 16 Sep – Factory Theatre – Eora / Sydney
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R.I.F.F. is DZ Deathrays’ most experimental, enhanced and immediately resonant record yet, boasting a consistent finesse that stands by their roots with a modern, high definition sheen.
From every house party that took them to 1000+ capacity venues and beyond, Shane Parsons, Simon Ridley and Lachlan Ewbank, have never let go of their core objective in doing it because they can. It’s this ethos, far from the perspective of egoism or fame-driven motivation, but rather their core value to ‘do’, ‘make’, ‘challenge’ and ‘enjoy’ that has stuck with DZ Deathrays at every step.
A creative integrity and ambition that maintains their place at the forefront of the national punk frontier with a hungry, enduring and rampant fanbase all these years later. This prevails on R.I.F.F., sparking that same playful joy and anarchy of the rock that doting parents vouch to instill in their children’s musical vernacular: ACDC, INXS, Silverchair, Tame Impala and more. Wholly collaborative between Shane, Simon, Lachlan, and producer Nathan Sheehy, R.I.F.F. covers a gamut of influences and life-stories the four feverishly passed back as demos and mixes while separated across three states. Canvassing layer after layer in constant communication.
R.I.F.F. as a whole reflects DZ’s place as a conduit for the aspirational next generation and their place in the zeitgeist, capturing the applause of their award-winning albums Bloodstreams and Positive Rising Parts 1 and 2 and their ability to continue to endure across a varied following – their music and merch found a place side by side with the recent Heartbreak High reboot. On their latest record, DZ promise a place to return to whenever, wherever; a forever home just like the classics do, be it a Dead Head collection or the formative nostalgia of The Killers and The Dandy Warhols in The O.C. Soundtrack.
R.I.F.F. LP is out now. Tickets available at dzdeathrays.com