Dead City Ruins are 5 young men from Croydon, Melbourne, Australia, and they play Rock ‘n’ Roll like their lives depend on it.

If you can imagine Black Sabbath, Early 80’s Iron Maiden and Phil Lynott era Thin Lizzy, thrown in a blender alongside antipodean grit, sweat and a fountain of beers, you’re getting close to the in your face, high energy live show delivered at brain splitting decibels these guys produce.

DCR was formed in 2010, when Lead Singer Jake Wiffen arrived home from UK.
Disillusioned with the lack of commitment and work ethic many of his musical peers in the British Isles, but inspired by the vibrant Pan-European Rock and Metal scene, He set out on a mission to secure a lineup with the kind of musical DNA the Southern Hemisphere is renown for.

Before the end of the year he had the commitment of four of the finest musical wingmen in the state of Victoria and that lineup drew first blood by launching headfirst into the studio to lay down ‘Midnight Killer’ Their debut released in early 2011.

Side stepping the notion of settling down and becoming another ‘local band’, Dead City Ruins began their global manifesto in earnest, booking just 4 x shows and 5 one way tickets to Europe before even releasing the album in Australia.

There began a catalogue of blind luck, drama and ultimately, victory as the band toured hand to mouth in the northern hemisphere for the better part of 2 years, Defiantly keeping a run down Ford Transit on life support whilst living in a combination of tents, makeshift roadside shelters and the floors of those who would fall for their many charms.

It was a perpetual cycle of touring that found them opening for acts such as Mastodon, Wolfmother and building up to their own headlining shows and festival slots.

Pulling up the handbrake mid 2013. They returned to their hometown of Melbourne to record their follow up self titled album.

No sooner had they finished they once again found themselves thrust back into the maelstrom of international touring as the handpicked opening act for Skid Row & Ugly Kid Joe filling out the rest 2013 through to the first half of 2014.

The run concluded in Australia with a rapturous homecoming and kicked off subsequent headlining tours of Indonesia and UK/EU before finally winding down leaving the band armed with a now rabid fan-base and a clear mission to record the Album of their careers – Never Say Die.

The album was promptly snapped up by German label AFM Records and is due for release in early 2018.

Always keen to forge new and challenging pathways, Dead City Ruins chose acclaimed UK producer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Sunset Sons) to forge a new sound and perspective with the band.

Guitarist Sean Blanchard explains the outcome;
“This album took us out of our comfort zone. By James giving us boundaries and restrictions, he bought out our raw spirit and instinct as opposed to using modern technology to layer and distance ourselves from the listener, it’s back to dirty, rat-bag heart of what makes Dead City Ruins the focus of all of our lives and we want to convey to people discovering rock n roll for the first time”
Choosing an intensive pre production period with the songs at the heart of the process the band have captured lighting in a bottle and found new frontiers in their own writing process.

“We’re a working class Rock n Roll band.” Says Guitarist Tommy Cain “But James challenged us and opened our eyes to find the things we could take from artists that come from radically different places, not just sonically but also to draw on experiences and find commonality in the struggle of all people”

Jake sum’s up the band’s feelings on the finished album
“In the past people have asked about what we have done in the studio and I’ve never been comfortable bragging…..but I cant shut my mouth about this album. We’re fucking ecstatic.”




Management | Chris Klimek | Worldwide |
Bookings | Julia Frank | Europe |
Booking | Beau Kochmanz | Australia |



DEAD CITY RUINS - Bones (2018) // official clip // AFM Records

DEAD CITY RUINS - Dirty Water (2018) // Official Video // AFM Records

DEAD CITY RUINS - We Are One (2018) // Official Video // AFM Records

Dead City Ruins | EPK | 2017