Monday, 1 February 2016

Music Monday

This week's single, 01/02/16:

Delete - DMA's

I'm sticking with the Australian trio theme this week, but this time it's in the form of Newtown's Tommy O'Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took: otherwise known as DMA's. My first encounter with DMA's was in Brixton, November 2014. Supporting The Courteeners on their UK tour, they were surprising. They were promising. To be completely honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to like them. 

Having not heard them before, I hadn't known what to expect. It was their look that caught me off guard: walking on stage in baggy tracksuits and stupid caps, I wanted to ask who'd dressed them. Where were the slick rock'n'roll jackets and skinny jeans? Despite my reservations about their fashion sense their allegiance to Britpop was admirable, the look only adding to their homage.

The comparisons between DMA's and Oasis have been consistent. Noel Gallagher himself claimed that he'd have to 'Watch them from side of stage and boo them' if they were to share a bill with him, but I suspect his annoyance was only a result of being asked so often about this rising talent (and he admitted to have never listened to them at the time). It's not necessary for me to repeat the ways in which you can hear Oasis shining through in DMA's self-titled EP, take one listen and you'll no doubt hear their indebtedness. That said, this doesn't define the band nor detract from DMA's own sound. It's not hard to imagine Delete's chorus being yelled back at the band in unison by adoring fans across festival fields. Delete is a heart-on-your-sleeve acoustic gem: intimately crooned vocals atop a simple instrumental that builds for much of the track before its melodic last minute, the repeated 'Let it all out' an eruption of passion bringing the track to a close. It's a beautiful little tack and though Delete isn't the band's most recent single, it serves as a perfect introduction to their sound and is extremely gratifying upon first listen.

Don't judge DMA's too fast like I did back in 2014 - perhaps actually listen to some of their music first. A perfect opportunity would be on February 26 when their highly anticipated debut album Hills End will be released, or on their headline UK tour starting shortly afterwards. Before then, give Delete a listen and decide for yourself. Listen on Soundcloud here, or on Spotify in the player below.


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