Words by LAUREN WILLIAMS
Sounds like: the distinctive Brit-pop of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Oasis, intermingled with the late 80s vibes of rockers Blur and The Stone Roses.
A few months ago, DMA’s had never released a song or performed together. Yet since exploding onto Sydney’s music scene amid a haze of Brit garage rock, the Newtown trio showcased their self-titled EP in a sold out show at Goodgod.
Support duo LCMT delivered a unique blend of Brit-pop vocals, programmed beats and psych-pop guitars with a plethora of pedals. Five-piece Conics also boosted energy levels with drum-machine rhythms, sweeping synths, pop melodies and dance vibes.
With the crowd now buzzing and packed in tightly, DMA’s cruised onstage and kicked off with the explosive ‘Feels Like 37’. Joined by three extra performers on guitar, bass and drums, the sound was incredibly full, with all six musicians displaying an impressive and unfaltering unity.
Aside from some sound issues with level adjustments and a recurring bassy feedback, the set was difficult to fault. These guys tie Brit-pop and garage rock together seamlessly. Energetic drumming and rhythmic acoustic guitar drive the songs, beneath distorted guitar melodies, warm bass lines and Mancunian-esque vocals.
While the enlarged band left little space on Goodgod’s tiny stage, singer Tommy O’Dell seemed far from confined. Throwing his arms towards the crowd, he proclaimed his lyrics with an unfazed confidence that would deceive many into thinking he had sung in bands before.
Later in the set, debut single ‘Delete’ amply validated all the hype it has instigated around DMA’s since its release. Building gradually from stripped-back acoustic beginnings towards a reverb-drenched breakdown, it had the crowd arm in arm, cheering: “Let it all oooouut!”
With a hit EP, a solid fan base and numerous sold out shows under their belts within a few short months, it looks like we can expect big things from DMA’s.