I met DMA’s in Manchester on the last day of their sold out UK tour. Before the actual gig at the Ruby Lounge later in the evening, the Sidney trio played an …
DMA’s – Australia’s most British band
DMA’s (pronounced dee-em-ayes) are guitarist Matt Mason, singer Tommy O’Dell, and guitarist and main songwriter Johnny Took. Despite being from Australia, the band is known for their britpop sound and has often been likened to brit pop veterans Oasis.
Do DMA’s sound like Oasis?
When Noel Gallagher was asked in an interview whether he had heard of the Aussie band that sound like Oasis he said he hadn’t and added:
I’ll have to watch them [DMA’s] from side of stage and boo them.
When asked in our interview, Mason said that the comparison to Oasis was not their intention and that it mostly came from Tommy’s voice. All tracks are initially recorded by Took and Mason who sing in Australian or American accents, before O’Dell’s vocals are added.
Breakthrough single ‘Delete’ was released in 2013
Formed in 2012 in their hometown Sidney, DMA’s began recording their first demos in Took’s apartment. Both Took and Mason had been playing together for many years in different local bands before being joined by O’Dell, who up until then worked as a painter.
Their debut single Delete was eventually picked up by Aussie radio Triple-J and landed on heavy rotation. Delete was released on tastemaker label I OH YOU (Violent Soho, Snakadaktal, DZ Deathrays) to much critical acclaim.
Appearance on ‘Like A Version’
What does the name DMA’s mean?
According to the band, the three letters in DMA’s don’t stand for anything, they’re merely an abbreviation of earlier names they’ve had. Apparently, they were called the Dirty Ma’s before until their manager suggested they change the name to DMA’s.
DMA’s have released the following EPs and albums:
New Single Dawning released on October 3rd 2017
On October 3rd 2017, the band released their first new single since the release of their debut album in 2016. The new single is titled Dawning and was accompanied by single launch shows in their hometown Sidney as well as Auckland, New Zealand.
DMA’s tours & tickets
The band frequently tour the UK & Europe and have also made their breakthrough in the US. Check back here regularly for updates on tour dates and tickets.
All DMA’s news
In the middle of their sold out UK tour, DMA’s have just revealed a live acoustic video for Step Up The Morphine, one of my favourites from their …
DMA’s are three Sydney lads who sound as British as nobody’s business. With a band name that apparently doesn’t mean anything, Johnny Took …
Aussie britpopers DMA’s will finally release their long awaited debut album Hills End in two weeks time. Too Soon is the latest track to be lifted from …
Having created quite a buzz in down under already, Aussie trio DMA’s is set to release their self-titled debut, part of which was released in October …
A good friend of mine has just moved to Australia and told me about this band DMA’s which is kind of a next big thing in Down Under. DMA’s …