Aug 14, 2012 Web Exclusive
Bloodstreams is loud. And by loud, I mean noisy. After The White Stripes and Japandroids, you would think one would be desensitized to the idea of so much noise coming from two people.
DZ Deathrays hails from Melbourne, Australia, and were originally destined to a long illustrious career playing house parties (by the band's own design). Now that they've clearly broken their own charter, they've delivered an album easily in step with the function of their early years.
Their post-punk/noise rock debut, Bloodstreams, is a loud and easily danceable half-hour of agro guitars, thrashing drums, and mid-range vocals slipping into wails on a moment's notice-all without flattening the musical terrain. "Bloodstreams" opens the album with a shimmering guitar and builds quickly to a decisive and affected hammer of a strum, which leads into a pure punk number that feels like a pit opening up. Then it shifts slightly, into the realm of dance-tinged garage rock with the single "Dollar Chills," before pulsing into "Dumb It Down," adding a touch of New Wave. And so it goes. Bursting with energy, DZ Deathrays only knows how to write for the live show, and Bloodstreams is a clear statement that they do it right. (www.dzdeathrays.com)
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