Photo: Kalpesh Lathigra
Words by Tom Farmer
Despite hailing from Sydney, I’ve heard it said numerous times that the DMA’s are the closest we have to a Britpop band making waves in the charts. After their breakout Triple J performance, an indie cover of Cher’s “Believe” which has received over 11 million views on Youtube, the three-piece have scaled the greasy pole to stardom with not just ease, but intensely likeable composure and flair.
Following last year’s fourth album The Glow, a step towards a more dance-infused sound, the band are back on our radios and back on our stages. A couple of weeks ago, the Aussie outfit announced a fifth album How Many Dreams?, set for release at the end of March next year. The album release will be followed by a stellar UK-wide tour, ending with a headline show at the O2 Brixton Academy, which has become something of a pyro-filled, bucket hat-clad residency for the band in the last couple of years.
New single “Everybody’s Saying Thursday’s The Weekend” is a delightful tease of what is to come from the new record. There is something of a composite fusion between their indie-pop roots with their recent synth obsession. Whilst there is a soft pre-chorus and a catchy hook, the underlying danciness of the track is certainly lingering in the doorways.
For a band very much cemented as part of the furniture of the indie scene, it will be interesting to see whether DMA’s can force themselves back into the limelight.