Posts Tagged ‘DZ Deathrays’

Our second personal countdown comes from long time top twenty stalwart Chris T Popper, a fish of fine musical taste and the Steve Bould of Mad Mackerel.

20 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


19 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz


18 Meat Wave – The Incessant


17 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


16 Ty Segall – Big Man


15 Public Serivce Broadcasting – All Out


14 The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


13 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


12 King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard – Vomit Coffin


11 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


10 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting
A methodic rollercoaster of a tune. Flurry of drums at the start and we’re in to the somniferous beat with some ominous guitar work echoing in the background. It’s heavy shit – plenty of reverb and that shamanic thump carries on ricocheting inside your head like a tripped out game of Pong.


9 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto
Fantastic title for a song and the band name isn’t bad either; this comes from the album One in the Hate (which also includes the track ‘Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence’ which has to be worth a mention). It certainly hurtles along at a frantic pace and honed down to less than 2 and half minutes it packs plenty in with minimal fuss.


8 Big Thief – Shark Smile
Infused with a sadness that you sense immediately, Adrianne Lenker’s divine vocals transports you to chasing that yellow van on the moonlit road. It feels effortless with Lenker’s precision and timing. I especially loved her line comparing a kiss to the need for oxygen. A song that feels both poignant and strangely uplifting.


7 Lød – Folder
Folder is a rather splendid 8 and a half minute journey that takes the scenic route. Borrows from pretty much all my favourite bands and still sounds original. Fantastic breaks using keyboards and real good bass, never fails to keep you amused and bemused.


6 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead
I’m still coming to terms with the fact I missed The Coathangers UK tour this year. Vocalist and guitarist Julia Kugel said the song was partly a response to the direction America has taken under a certain person elected to office in January lamenting ‘The reward for malicious action is often a bag of shit, one way or another’. The sense of disappointment is palpable and brilliantly observed.


5 Cool Ghoul – Gord’s Horse
My top ten wouldn’t be complete without a Gord’s Horse. San Francisco quartet Cool Ghouls put this laid back beauty together that plods along like… a horse I guess. A horse tripping on acid but still a horse.


4 Whispertown – Born To Ride
Whispertown is the rather marvellous LA based singer/songwriter Morgan Meyn Nagler. She possesses such an engaging and warm vocal style it hooked me in pretty much straight away. The song is so damn smart, feeling fresh and inventive and I absolutely love the hazy backing vocals.


3 Terry – Take Me To The City
Following last year’s entry at number 6 Terry have nabbed the no 3 spot this year with the instantly likeable Take Me To The City. The ‘All they talk about…’ refrain hints at longing for brighter lights but you get the feeling no one is escaping soon. Possesses a hook and riff you would die for.


2 Idles – Exeter
Idles so nearly managed a clean sweep for me this year. My favourite album with Brutalism, my favourite live act of the year and finally very nearly the best song of 2017. Joe Talbot’s lyrics are delivered with a most agreeable ferocity. Hands up whose ready for a bar fight, there’s plenty of takers here. A tour de force of barely contained anger at the banality of it all.


1 Metz – Drained Lake
Opening a song with feedback is always good in my book. I’m a simple soul. From it’s urgent, jarring beginning and opening line (‘Forever getting nowhere, while blankly staring in to space’) Drained Lake is just pure badass from start to finish. Guitar like buzzsaws, manic drumbeat and a sense of barely held together chaos throughout. It’s relentless and uncompromising and it delivers.


50 Hiccup – Teasin’


49 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


48 Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid


47 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


46 Dream Police – Revenge


45 BAIT – Push The Elephant


44 Meat Wave – The Incessant


43 Young Fathers – Only God Knows


42 Ty Segall – Big Man


41 The Sugarmen – Our Gallows


40 The War On Drugs – Holding On


39 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


38 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


37 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting


36 Protomartyr – My Children


35 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto


34 together PANGEA – Money On It


33 Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


32 Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low


31 Screaming Females – Glass House


30 The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue


29 Idles – Mother


28 Deer Tick – Sea Of Clouds


27 The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her


26 The Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Be



Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

Australia’s DZ Deathrays have unveiled a surreal video for new single Total Meltdown.

In typical DZ style, the ridiculous video sees the duo turned into animated characters, fresh after a night out on the town, a chaotic series of events that perfectly encapsulates the raucous, thrash-party sound of the single.

Watch it below.


Australian duo DZ Deathrays have announced their new album, Bloody Lovely, with the release of their newest single Total Meltdown.

The single bulges with their thrash-party attitude, a massive chorus, and is every bit as loud as it is fun.


Four cracking new tracks for you this morning. The latest from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s much anticipated collaboration, another absolute shredder from Aussie duo DZ Deathrays, more potent pop-punk from Bully, and indie-pop God Ezra Furman’s new track Driving Down To L.A., which he describes as “This is a song of paranoia, escape and ecstatic ego-death. We decided to make a video about me and my angel companion escaping from modern-day Nazis. It is terrible to watch America’s white supremacist roots flourish like this again, not to mention the accompanying misogyny, queerphobia and anti-Semitism. I intend this song, video and my entire career as a protest against those attitudes.

Hear hear – enjoy.






Fresh after taking a year off, Australian duo DZ Deathrays have returned with a new single.

Shred For Summer sees them mark their return in typically ferocious style, crafting one of their most visceral yet catchy songs to date.

Listen below. The single is out today via Alcopop!


best of the weekHere is the selection from the Mad Mackerel jury for our choice cuts from the past seven days. Enjoy.

  1. Black Mountain – Mothers Of The Sun
  2. Rogue Wave – What Is Left To Solve
  3. The Castillians – Come What May
  4. Witching Waves – Pitiless
  5. La Sera – I Need An Angel
  6. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Astonished Man
  7. Purling Hiss – My My My
  8. DZ Deathrays – Blood On My Leather











As you’ll see from previous years, we like a good festive tune as much as the next fish, but were determined to not post anything of this nature until at least December.

But then along come DZ Deathrays and their version of Lonely This Christmas…and (no pun intended) blew that resolution out of the water!


Australian duo DZ Deathrays have revealed the video to current single, Less Out of Sync – featuring two evil whippersnappers embarking on a hellish runaway birthday.



1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – Born In The USA
2. DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync
3. Bat For Lashes – Skin Song
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
5. Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party