Dead City Ruins are a bunch of globetrotting, blues-infused, punk rock'n'rollers. They live their life from the back of a van and take the lows with the highs.

Supporting Black Tusk at Melbourne's iconic Ding Dong Lounge with Swidgen and TTTDC on August 5, we caught up with them as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Filthy, bitchin’ rock’n’roll.

What’s going on in the world of Dead City Ruins?

We are currently camped out at the cross roads, fiery pen in hand, making deals with Satan.

What motivates you to make music?

Life motivates us. Our music is stepped in blues and it all comes from the highs and lows of life, as a scum-of-the-earth musician.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

Highs have been playing festivals and sharing stages alongside some of our musical heroes.

Lows? Oh man…the lows. Any touring band will tell you the road is paved in hardship. One of the lowest points was driving for 23 hours straight from Belgium to Rome, where we were booked to support Wolfmother, then getting in an argument with the promoter and being subsequently told we were not allowed to play. 

The next day we drove for 21 hours straight and supported Diamond Head. So, once again we were on a high.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

We have been pretty heavily into Rival Sons the last few years. Graveyard are absolutely killing it and Crobot are rad too. We actually supported Black Tusk at a festival in Belgium last year. Not only did they have a blistering set, but they finished it with a Black Flag cover!!

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Hard question to answer, Let's just say, we know too much about what we each have done on tour to eat any of us. Yeah, we would starve first.

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

The price of beer in Australia really pisses me off.

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

Lobby Loyde on lead, Bon Scott backed by Johnny Farnham—because I can, Phil Rudd on the tubs, Peter Wells on rhythm guitar. And Bob Daisley on bass (he played for Ozzy). I would have ‘em play in me back yard because I'm a lazy bastard.


Tickets from, Oztix and the venues.