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DMA’s put on a gig for the ages when they took over Meat Market

Since emerging onto the scene with ‘Delete’DMA’s have become one of the most beloved bands in Australia. After the release of their barnstorming album Hills End last year, DMA’s returned to Melbourne in support of their new single ‘Dawning’The people showed up, and they were given a gig for the ages in return.

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David Harris

DMA’s have built a reputation based on their live shows. Having played festivals all over the world, as well as at home in Australia, their live show is a mixture of grandeur and understatedness. Frontman Tommy O’Dell sings with an air of menace, at times spitting lyrics, but he also has a way of serenading the crowd, directing them to act perfectly as the newest member of the band. 

Having three extra touring members helps to create a fuller sound, while also making the stripped-backed moments more powerful. This was most evident during the aforementioned ‘Delete’, with most of the song played sans drums and bass, before swirling to a huge conclusion. Other highlights of the night included ‘Melbourne’, which the patriotic crowd belted out with full gusto, and ‘Step Up The Morphine’, which had close to the biggest singalong of the evening.

New song ‘Emily Whyte’didn’t feel out of place at all, and sitting in the middle of a triumphant encore it got the crowd as amped up as they’d been all night. Following up such a big debut album is never an easy task, but given the samples of new music heard here, it doesn’t seem to be something that DMA’s will struggle with.

Leaving the Meat Market, I felt I finally understood how DMA’s have built such a reputation for themselves. Often bands dress up their shows with theatrics, but there’s no replacement for songs that connect with people. Whether it be their raucous choruses, or stripping it back to just an acoustic guitar and singing, a DMA’s live show is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Higlight: All the crowd singalongs.
Lowlight: Their new t-shirt, which four of my friends bought. It looks like a train seat.
Crowd Favourite: ‘Play It Out’.