Words by Georgia Stephenson // @georgiaawrites
- How did the Australian outfit stack up to bold comparisons when playing live?
- Get to a DMA's gig if you fancy a bit of nu-age Britpop in a live performance
- A future Australian 'great' to rival Shane Warne?
- Get 'Step Up The Morphine' added to your daily playlist, thank us later
Even before we knew that comparisons had been made between DMA's and the Mancunian behemoth that are Oasis, we suspected that catching the Australian indie trio in the flesh at their own gig would be something special, especially given Nico's glowing review of their Live At Leeds set.
There's something of a reassurance in witnessing a band with the essence of what your Blurs, your Supergrasses and your Razorlights had when first entering the fray, especially when the chances of catching the incendiary Oasis are slim to none these days. Whilst the majority of alternative rock bands produce turbulent, high-octane sets, DMA’S have a well-balanced mixture of upbeat and chilled tracks characteristic of the Britpop era. Offering a set jam-packed with numbers from their acclaimed debut album Hills End, the band leave nothing wanting, with frontman Tommy O'Dell's on-stage posture and vocal delivery apparently distilled from that of the iconic Gallaghers:
Refreshingly, DMA’S are not a band who do too much of the whole crowd/audience interaction thing; impressive guitar solos and O'Dell’s raspy, alluring vocals do all the talking you need. Although the band still have a relatively small underground following, they seem to have some of the most dedicated fans out there, whom engendered a pulsating, electric atmosphere at Lincoln's 'Engine Shed'. In a way, it felt as though we were watching a band on the cusp of major success – complete with the air of anticipation to suggest that something big is imminent.
Whilst newcomer tracks ‘Straight Dimensions’ and ‘Too Soon’ also caught our ears, it was dreamy ballad 'Step Up The Morphine' stuck firmly in our heads as we headed out of the venue:
DMA’S will be supporting The Kooks on their autumn arena string of dates – if we were you, we'd bag a ticket ASAP.