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About

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!

Record label Metalville (DE) caught Dead City Ruins at a show in Cologne and offered them an international record contract. The European release will include a bonus track AC/DC cover of “Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation” featuring Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) on vocals.

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

Live Reviews:
"..The raw and dirty music stylings of Dead City Ruins kicked things off to progressively building applause. These local hard rock nuts have steadily built an envious reputation for no nonsense live tunes on the back of an energetic touring schedule both locally and overseas over the last few years following the band’s original incarnation in the UK. Their guitar and overall live sound was simply stunning and I was blown away by their stage presence. Duelling guitars, huge vocals and well written tracks for a live audience make these guys a force to be reckoned with. Combine this with some well placed commentary on the plight of live music in Melbourne and a sincere tribute to our fallen diggers and they had officially stolen the show. All tracks were highlights, especially those including alternate guitar solos between Thomas Cain and Sean Blanchard, both highly accomplished guitarists in their own right. The vocals of frontman Jake Wiffen were something to behold (and hear)."
Metal Obsession, 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

"...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

"...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."
The Hard Rock Show, Australia

Dead City Ruins CD reviews:
“...What we’re hearing, is a very cohesive and tight group of talented musicians delivering very well written songs. Start to finish, it is probably the best album I have ever heard an unsigned band deliver.”
100% Rock Magazine

“...There’s no pretension, no gimmicks, no studio trickery, just bluesy, ballsy rock ‘n’ roll played loud and in your face. Les Pauls plugged into Marshalls and turned up to 11, a drummer who pounds out four on the floor rock grooves like his life depends on it and a singer who belts it out like OZZY in his prime, before drugs, alcohol and reality TV addled his brain completely.”
- SF MEDIA

Midnight Killer CD Reviews:
“...A gutsy grimy debut from the land Down Under...with all their dues paid they’ve finally found the time to lay down their debut album. And boy, have they come out with all guns blazing. As befits their background, there’s no fine art or finesse here, just eight big chunks of rough-house rock’n’roll that’ll have your head nodding whether you want it to or not”
- Classic Rock Magazine, June 2012

"...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."
Loudmag, Australia

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CONTACTS

Management | Chris Klimek | Worldwide | info@iron-will.com
Bookings | Aran Smith | Australia | aran.smith@premierartists.com.au

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Dead City Ruins | EPK | 2016

Dead City Ruins - Til Death OFFICIAL (HD)

DEAD CITY RUINS - Happenzella live in Lucerne/CH nov.24th 2013