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DMA’s review: ‘They have mastered their unique sound’

PUBLISHED: 15:13 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 09 May 2018

DMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

DMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Ross Halls

With a whopping four guitars on stage complete with expert drums and crisp vocals, the depth of sound during DMA’s Waterfront gig is something that will be hard to beat.

DMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross HallsDMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Bringing their spin on 1990’s Britain all the way over from Australia, the Sydney-based trio were welcomed on stage by a busy crowd. Thomas O’Dell (lead vocals), Matthew Mason (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Johnny Took (acoustic guitar) were joined by three extra touring band members, adding two more guitars and a skilled drummer to the already epic melodies.

PLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross HallsPLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Despite originating from the land down under, the band has seen their popularity rise in the UK since their 2014 EP release. They have since made two full length albums – Hills End and For Now – and their set-list was comprised of a nice mix of singles from the two.

PLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross HallsPLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Supporting them was also another Sydney voice – PLANET. Although not yet as known as their Aussie brothers, there is no doubt the band will be a big hit in the future. Slightly mellower compared to DMA’s, the four-piece looked effortless and comfortable on stage. Lead singer Matty Took has a magical voice that (in the words of my partner) ‘sounds just like Liam Gallagher’. Personal favourites included Undermine and Save.Sold. These are definitely ones to watch.

PLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross HallsPLANET supporting DMA's at The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

Fan favourite at the Waterfront on Tuesday night though was by far the DMA’s track Lay Down, which closed their much-appreciated encore. You could also tell the crowd were anticipating this track for at least 10 minutes beforehand too.

DMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross HallsDMA's headlining The Waterfront in Norwich, 8th May 2018. Photo: Ross Halls

DMA’s set started off stripped back, easing us into their unique notes and ending with a powerful finish. They didn’t introduce themselves until the fourth or fifth song, but this lack of interaction only added to the depth of the music and actually gave the gig an intimate feel. O’Dell then kept the crowd going until the very last note, helped by the sheer clarity of each instrument on stage. Even the acoustic guitar and O’Dell’s tambourine interjections could be appreciated. There wasn’t an instrument – or person – that felt it was just on stage for the sake of it.

Their music has been compared to that of Britpop legends Oasis, however – as much of a compliment as this may be – it is important not to think of them as simply an Australian version of the band. They give a fresh, updated take on the genre and are increasingly mastering their musical labour of love.

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