Dead City Ruins have been carving their own path in the world of Hard rock. Starting out in London England and making their way home to Australia whilst playing as many down trodden, hole in the wall pubs and clubs as one band can fit into a seven day week.
Splicing the musicianship of 70’s and 80’s metal and the soul catching riffs of bluesy rock with the intensity and “f*ck ‘em all” attitude of punk rock, Dead City Ruins have left crowds from London (ENG) to Melbourne (AUS) reeling for more and asking themselves where the hell this band came from!
2007 saw the release of the E.P. “Lost in London” and in 2011 their debut album “MIDNIGHT KILLER” to rave reviews online and regular airplay on local radio.
In 2011 Dead City Ruins boarded their majestic vessel “The Blue Bastard” armed with sleeping bags, tents and their gear, and headed out on their first UK & European tour, travelling 28,000kms, playing 50 dates across several countries (England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain), finishing off the tour at an international Metal Music Festival in Dubai.
Ever the road warriors, Dead City Ruins headed back to Europe and the UK to do it all again from June to August 2012, following up on the buzz created from the previous tour. Rocking festival stages and supporting the likes of Mastodon, Diamond Head, Orange Goblin and Hardcore Superstar, before returning to rock as many venues that will have them in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
2013 brought the recording of the highly anticipated second album, working with USA Sound Engineer, James Lugo (Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Dokken) Followed by a 33 date, 13 country tour of UK, Europe & Scandinavia supporting American heavyweights Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe to rave reviews!
Skid Row & Ugly Kid Joe personally invited DCR to support them on their Australian Tour beginning 23rd April 2014.
As of March 2015 Dead City Ruins commence their third headline tour of UK/Europe and are basing themselves out of Europe for the rest of the year.
Dead City Ruins is a working class hard rock band fuelled by what life throws at them … good times, bad times, disappointments, achievements and life in the cruel fuckin’ city!
“…they’re just these young, broke kids who don’t give a fuck except to play music in front of people. I love it and it’s inspiring on a daily basis. That’s the spirit of rock and roll in those kids” Dave “The Snake” Sabo, SKID ROW
“…There’s a great band opening up for us called Dead City Ruins, Melbourne’s own….They’re the real deal. It’s hard for bands to get out of Australia, not many bands do and there’s a lot of great bands in Australia, so they’re here and they’re living in their van. They’re funding everything themselves. So they’re from the source y’know, they’re all dirty and just awesome.” Whit Crane, UGLY KID JOE
Midnight Killer CD Reviews:
“…This is an amazing album, actually it is the best damn heavy rock album to come out of Australia for a long, long time.”
Sub Culture Entertainment, Australia
“…Dead City Ruins are the real deal. They rock, they rock hard, and Midnight Killer is a ripper.”
“…in this day and age when rock stars are more interested in yoga and sobriety the brash, dirty and rude antics of DCR are a welcome reminder of all that rock ‘n’ roll was and should be. Call it balls, call it a few lines too many, call it whatever you want, they are undeniably exciting to watch….. They unapologetically play ear splitting, bra busting, panty dropping rock n roll and they’re fucking good at it.”
– Tonedeaf, Australia
“You can only take your hat off to bands like Dead City Ruins. Any band that finds their way over here all the way from Australia deserves our support – especially when it seems they have done things all by themselves. They deserve credit too for another thing: they are one of the very few bands from down under who don’t sound like some AC/DC facsimile. Rather these boys have a Thin Lizzy-playing-Iron Maiden vibe about them, and if singer Jake Wiffen looks like he might mug you down a dark alley for a sandwich, then that just adds to their rock n roll appeal. Keep an eye this mob, they might be worth it.”
Rocking The Midlands, UK
“…I think by now we can call them friends of the good people of Belgium. The Australian rascals must be on a half year-long tour in Europe as this is the second time in a couple of months we were treated on a blistering set of classic / sleaze rock anthems as only Australians on the loose can bring ‘em. Rumor goes that they play any venue that provides a tent to sleep in so off we were for another half an hour of wild & rough musical enjoyment.”
Rock Report, Belgium
“…Then Dead City Ruins took the stage. Kind of speechless to be honest. No disrespect to ANY bands out there, but I feel sorry for anyone trying to follow them. The latest tour they recently returned from has done something to these guys that words can’t express. If you want a band that loves what they do, knows how to do it well and leaves you wanting more because their set has just flown by with you enthralled then you better see these guys while you still can at pub level. These guys are raising the bar for all the bands here every time they take the stage and in my opinion this is a great thing for the music community we have. DCR are the current standard bearers in this country as far as I am concerned. They are a comprehensive unit in every way possible. They move as one and all the little things they do individually complement each other all across the board. On top of this they are so dedicated to what they do you can’t help but be infected by that when you see them perform. These guys are truly world class and I feel like big things are not far away if they keep going the way they are.”