Support from SPECIAL GUESTS + RINSE.
DMA'S are coming to The Sugarmill on 12th July.
The Sydney trio have gone from writing and recording in their bedrooms to living their dream of spending most of the last 12 months almost permanently on the other side of the world, playing packed out gigs to rabid fans, but their attitude is much the same as you imagine it would have been back when they formed in 2012 - taking whatever comes their way with a satisfied shrug.
That's not to say joint songwriters Johnny Took, Matt Mason (guitarists) and Tommy O'Dell (singer) aren't as exciting as hell. On record, O'Dell's vocals surge with power and rousing, raw emotion, while the group's live shows feel like one big, anthemic high. The latter is especially impressive given the trio didn't really intend to play live.
With O'Dell now front and centre, and no bassist or drummer in their line-up, the group had to find more members to help them recreate their bedroom compositions on stage. "We got some mates in to play some bass and drums and extra guitars just to hear what [the songs] sounded like," remembers Took, adding with a laugh, "that was pretty weird at the time as well!"
Soon, a record arrived in the bedroom recording of 'Delete' in Australia, the stripped-back acoustic-led ballad that first made people even in the UK, from NME to BBC Radio 1, sit up and pay attention. Then came record deals across the world including a UK contract with the influential Infectious, the label behind alt-J, Drenge, fellow Aussies The Temper Trap and more. May 2015 saw something a little more fleshed-out arrive on British shores in the form of a self-titled EP that fizzed with searing, noisy guitars and softer, more tender moments. It was a thrilling taste of what a full-length record could hold bolstered by incendiary sets at festivals like The Great Escape, Latitude, Splendour in the Grass and Reading & Leeds with packed crowds in sweaty tents! Their first UK headline show was a sold out 100 Club in London and two UK tours have followed since bringing new fans won over by their exciting live sets.
In early 2016 they dropped their full length debut “Hills End’.
Tickets for this show go on-sale Friday 20th May at 9am via our website or Music Mania.