That's not to say that the band have lost any of their energy on their sophomore full-length Black Rat — they're just not sprinting to the finish line now. Instead, singer/guitarist Shane Parsons slows things down and fleshes out his prog-rock inclinations on tracks such as the bombastic "Keep Myself On Edge" and "Ocean Explorer" which, while curiously jagged, still features Parsons' trademark howl. Then there's "Fixations," which features an overt attempt to convey an electronic vibe. Subtlety was never the band's strong suit.
DZ Deathrays made their name on being able to set up shop anywhere (rarely taking a night off on tour as a result) but the depth they've added to their approach, evident on the rising, cinematic "Nightwalking," sees the band turning a corner. Two years of touring has allowed DZ Deathrays to realize their capabilities as songwriters and with Black Rat, it's clear they've got their sights set on bigger and stranger things. (Dine Alone)