DZ Deathrays’ Shane Parsons and Lachlan Ewbank: “It’s almost like the record opens up as you get further and further into it”

DZ Deathrays
(Image credit: Yasmin Suteja)

Though its bulk was penned in the early months of 2019, Positive Rising Part 2 – album #6 from the dance-punk debonairs in DZ Deathrays, and, as its title suggests, the second half of their monstrous Positive Rising project – feels distinctly suited for the mid-pandemic slog of 2021. 

It’s the yang to Part 1’s yin, darker and stormier with heavier riffs, deeper grooves and an amplified wallop of frontman Shane Parsons’ wry, acerbic wit. Especially given DZ’s bout of quiet preceding it (which was forced by the COVID outbreak of 2020 – the initial plan was to jump straight from disc to disc), Part 2 marks a belting snap back to the spotlight for the Brisbane trio.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…