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DZ Deathrays Start Their Own Record Label 'DZ Worldwide'

28 March 2023 | 1:42 pm | Mary Varvaris
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Now, the question is, what kind of bands will feature on the record label?

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DZ Deathrays made an exciting announcement this morning: they’ve started their own record label called DZ Worldwide

“Welcome to DZ Worldwide, a record label dedicated to bringing you the best riffs in the business,” the band wrote on Facebook

Now, the question is, what kind of bands will feature on the record label? 

DZ Deathrays join a string of Australian artists starting their own labels, including Private Function with Still On Top Records and Spacey Jane drummer Kieran Lama with his own artist management company.

Over the weekend, ex-Violent Soho member Luke Henery announced that he was joining DZ Deathrays on bass and played at their recent gigs at Ability Fest and Units, Regurgitator’s Eaton Hills celebration of their 1997 album, Unit.

Violent Soho, meanwhile, announced their indefinite hiatus last July.

“After nearly 20 years in Violent Soho we've experienced so much as a band - It's been incredible and life-defining,” the band said in a statement.

They continued, “We feel so grateful to have experienced the journey and to all the people that believed in our music and showed us so much support.

“However, as individuals we've found ourselves in different places over the last few years and so we've decided it’s time to take a break and lay low for a bit.

Last month, DZ Deathrays released their first song of 2023, King B, and it's a “smash”.

The band’s latest single is a raucous, groovy and fuzzy number that reminds fans that rock and roll is alive and well.

Packed with self-described "scrumptious" riffs, King B follows the band's recent banger, Paranoid.

Where Paranoid was erring on the heavy side of things, King B brings more of the dance-anthem feeling back into their music. 

Starting with a solo rhythmic guitar and a solid raw vocal take, the band slams into the pre-chorus with a sophisticated jumble of distorted electric guitar and sharp drums, bringing your back from the 90s feel that was so apparent in the first verse. 

King B is arguably one of the best DZ Deathrays songs released in a while, and it has the potential to reach an audience way outside the confines of punk while still feeding their die-hard fans.

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The Music and Kill Your Stereo have reached out to DZ Deathrays for comment.