24 Aug 2016  Christian Tryhorn

Noosa will play host to the latest live music hot spot on the Sunshine Coast when The V Room launches on Friday September 23 with one of Australia’s biggest names in Rock, DZ Deathrays.

The new endeavour, an upgraded setup at the existing Villa Noosa band room, will feature a 500 capacity room with full line array production and professional lighting rig, one of only a couple of venues on the Sunshine Coast to be in the market to host the biggest names in Australian music.

Headline act DZ Deathrays have risen, in a short space of time, to become one of the standout young acts in the country, having appeared at Reading Festival, SXSW, Falls Festival along with supporting the likes of Foo Fighters and Band of Skulls and gaining high rotation on Triple J with tracks from 2 ARIA award-winning releases.  Support acts will be the well loved combo of Columbus and Walken.

Venue booker Christian Tryhorn of Beats Cartel says of the new room “There can never be enough live original music in town and we’re certainly excited to be associated with what will be one of the standout venues in the area.  We have some great acts lined up over the next few months and the launch will be epic!”

We had a chance to have a chat with Simon Ridley, drummer from DZ Deathrays before their launch show at The V Room on Friday 23 September.

The Deathrays have played a bunch of the World's best Fests (Reading/Leads/SXSW) and supported a bunch of the World's best bands (Foo Fighters/Band of Skulls).  What sticks out as a highlight on your journey?

There's been many highlights so far, the Foo Fighters shows were pretty amazing. Being able to see a glimpse of the inner workings of a band at that level is pretty eye opening. Especially as they have so many crew there is an all day catering team backstage so for us it was free meals everyday. Also being able to slap Jack Black and Kyle Gas high fives after every show was pretty baller. 

You guys are 2/2 in winning ARIA's for your releases.  That's mad.  Does that create any pressure with the next album?

No, we never set out to win awards or anything like that. The fact that we've actually won some is really surprising and we're very appreciative of it but at the end of the day people don't remember bands because of the awards they've won, they remember bands by the material they put out.... and how much rider they can drink before a show.

You're about to hit the road with Dune Rats for a European tour which will be rad.  What are 3 touring tips you can share with us?

1: Always put a gatorade/water in the hotel fridge for the next day for when you're hungover.
2: If you're traveling through multiple countries and end up buying 2 or 3 cheap pre paid "burner" phones instead of just getting an unlocked smartphone, customs are going to think you're a drug dealer and try to detain you.
3: Never play in Chester...

Where do you think the Aussie Rock scene is headed?  Is it worthwhile sticking around in Oz or we should all just get over to the US?

There are so many great Aussie rock bands coming up all you gotta do is go down to your local pub and support one of them by giving them a few claps and maybe offer to buy the drummer a beer. 

With live music scenes and musicians across the country experiencing turbulent times on the back of licensing constraints, new lock-out laws and a general down-turn in people simply going out, the new venue venture aims to support the regional scene and will provide a solid cross-section of quality entertainment every week with the majority of shows being free entry.

DZ Deathrays launch The V Room on Friday 23 September on the Sunshine Coast.  In support are Columbus and Walken.  Doors at 8.00pm. Tickets are $25/30 and available through the link HERE or buy them on the door.  Deadset one of the gigs of the year.  Get in there!

The act will also line up for Beats Cartel at the Miami Shark Bar on the Gold Coast on Saturday 24 September.  For more info on the GC show click HERE or contact the venue on 07 5535 1644.

Cheers for the chat DZs!  All the best with the launch and the upcoming European tour with Dune Rats.