DMA’S have released new track CRIMINALS, taken from their forthcoming album THE GLOW, released on 10 July. CRIMINALS was written during the last few days of the album recording sessions and is perhaps the most surprising track on the record. It begins as a subtle piano-based offering and builds quickly into an uplifting pop banger with a punchy, groove-focused hook.
THE GLOW was produced and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer STUART PRICE [Madonna, The Killers, New Order] in the historic Westlake Recording Studios, a long way from the band’s early days in Sydney. From their emotive heart to their towering hooks, the core traits that have earned DMA’S a huge following are still prominent in the new album, but their anthemic sound is now infused with a euphoric flood of alt-pop flair with pulsating synths and taut beats, while the huge choruses will prove to be electrifying highlights of future live shows.
The new album is a mission statement that the trio immediately encapsulate within the opening two tracks. A swaggering mash-up of Screamadelica-era attitude, big beat dynamics and modern alt-pop flair, NEVER BEFORE instantly sets the tone. The title track then keeps the energy firing, a rapid rush of melodic energy, joyous optimism and new-found confidence in Tommy O’Dell’s vocals. As suggested by SILVER, the first single from the album, DMA’S are expanding the scale of their sound.
And yet DMA’S save the biggest surprise for last with COBRACAINE being a celebration of everything the band can be. It’s a maximalist melting pot of sounds: an escalating wall of guitars the foundation for a tense, almost trance-like beat with vocals filtered through harmonies and vocoders. And as the record hurtles to its mesmerising conclusion, one thing is certain: this is the most fully realised of the band’s three albums to date.
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DMA’S are Tommy O’Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took. The band formed in Sydney and made an immediate impression with their self-titled 2014 debut EP. Their full-length debut, HILLS END, saw them crash into Australia’s Top 10, before the second album FOR NOW cemented them as a force globally. The first album earned three ARIA Music Award nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release.
In 2018, they became one of the first Australian bands to play the iconic MTV Unplugged session, following in the footsteps of all-time greats such as Nirvana, Oasis and R.E.M. The performance was captured in last year’s MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE album. FOR NOW, released in 2018, achieved their highest UK chart position of #13, boosted by huge ongoing support at daytime radio. An impressive 40,000 tickets were sold on their headline UK tours in 2019, and they continued that ascension with main stage sets at Isle of Wight, TRNSMT and Citadel alongside huge outdoor shows with Courteeners and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds.