DMA’s – Australian Tour @ The Northcote Social Club

DMA’s are the 2014 buzzband. Hand picked from obscurity by label I OH YOU, they were promptly shot into the public eye with sold out shows, high rotation on triple j and social media hype.

Having been a fan of their music so far, we checked out their show to see if they stood the live test.

They’re an eclectic group – mastering the art of looking like they haven’t put any thought into their style but looking just the right amount mismatched and unkempt. There was definitely a strong sense of swagger and bravado on the stage, and the trio really got into the music, and this naturally led to a very entertaining show. There was, however, very little said to the crowd apart from the occasional “cheers” from lead singer Tommy O’Dell. Definitely a no-fuss kinda show, but it suits their melodic guitar pop. To pull a cliche, the music spoke for itself and it was plain fun to watch and listen to.

A highlight of the night was the rousing build up of their breakthrough single “Delete” and the live overlapping of O’Dell and Mason’s vocals. You know when you see something live that you’ve already heard a million times recorded, and it completely enhances the way you hear it? That happened. Second highlight would be the group of young girls at the front who knew every lyric. You know you’re making it now.

THE BREAKDOWN:

Hometown: Sydney, Australia.  
Latest EP: 
Self-titled, out 28 March 2014. 
Sounds like:
 Sticky Fingers, Oasis. 
Say what?
Before being signed to I OH YOU earlier this year, DMA’s had never played a live show together.

Exclusively and pretentiously handpicked just for you, by Jane

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