Listen to DZ Deathrays thrash out a powerful cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’

The Brissy band played their take on the ‘97 hit in a livestreamed gig for Amazon Music

DZ Deathrays have shared their fiery take on Blur’s 1997 hit ‘Song 2’, recorded live during a Twitch stream for Amazon Music back in May.

Stylistically, the Brisbane trio stay truthful to Blur’s original mix, injecting it with a surge of their own unique energy in the form of wailing rhythm guitars, shellacking drums and Shane Parsons’ belting yell. There’s a raw, visceral intensity to their performance that breathes new life into ‘Song 2’, making it clear to see why the cover has been a staple of their live set throughout the years.

Listen to DZ Deathrays’ cover of ‘Song 2’ below, then compare it to Blur’s original:

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DZ Deathrays join a seemingly neverending list of acts to have put their own spin on ‘Song 2’, which includes – but is certainly not limited to – Enter Shikari, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, and a train station’s ticket barrier.

The dance-punk outfit are no strangers to covers themselves, either, having recently put their spin on the WAAX track ‘F U’ for a split single release (WAAX, for their part, covered DZ’s ‘Fired Up’), and the N.E.R.D. classic ‘Rock Star’ for triple j’s Like A Version.

DZ Deathrays released their fifth studio album, ‘Positive Rising: Part 2’, earlier this month via I Oh You. It was flanked by the singles ‘Fired Up’, ‘All Or Nothing’, ‘Fear The Anchor’ (a collaboration with Melbourne genre-bender Ecca Vandal), ‘Make Yourself Mad’ (which the band encouraged fans to cover before its official release), and ‘Golden Retriever’.

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NME highlighted the album as one of its top picks for July 2021, with writer David James Young saying: “Much like fellow high-octane delayed sequel F9, ‘Part 2’ is worth the wait.”

The band will launch the LP onstage later this year, with a nine-date headline tour booked for September. Tickets are on sale now from their website, with the run scheduled to kick off in Perth on Friday September 3 before rolling through the Margaret River, Hobart, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong.

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