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Deez Nuts

Splitting their time between Melbourne and New York, the hardcore outfit has grown into a worldwide force for the genre, particularly in Europe. During this time the group have released four full-length studio albums and are set to tour Australia this June in celebration of their most recent release Word Is Bond.

“Obviously everyone is going to say their new record is their best but that is honestly how I feel right now,” said guitarist Matt ‘RealBad’ Rogers. Without going into specifics, Matt spoke of how the mindsets and emotions of the band members affected the recording process of Word Is Bond: “I don’t want to say dark, but it was definitely harder than all of the other records. Everyone was going through their own shit but I think that is what made it such a heavy record.”

The hardcore music scene has often been branded with a stigma of violence and aggression by outsiders. Deez Nuts however are adamant that their shows offer a much more welcoming atmosphere than many others: “It’s just a party, straight up. It’s not violent, we have your typical hardcore parts with kids dancing, but often it’s more like a party with kids hanging out and singing along,” said Matt.

Along with trying to change the stereotype of a hardcore show, the band is also trying to improve the scene for bands following in their footsteps. Matt spoke of his experiences performing in Europe and how they would like to see that culture spread to the United States and Australia: “Every kid gives a fuck over there, not saying that they don’t elsewhere, but in the US everyone is ‘too cool’ or only goes for the last band and Australia is much the same. Whereas in Europe they are there from start to finish, which is the way it should be.”

In saying that the band is extremely excited to be touring Australia and playing Sydney in particular. “I love playing Sydney, it’s my second favourite place in Australia and my fourth favourite in the world to play,” said Matt.

Joining Deez Nuts for the tour will be three other bands and close friends: Antagonist AD, who are also launching a new album, Relentless and Earth Caller, both of which are touring nationally for the first time.

June 5, The Bald Faced Stag, 345 Parramatta Rd, Leichardt, $28.60

June 6, Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, $28.60

Tickets & info: weareunified.oztix.com.au

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