Here's How DMA'S Became One Of Australia's Most Impressive New Rock Bands
After being announced as the next guest for MTV Unplugged in October, DMA'S have had a soaring rise to the top since their early beginnings in 2012.
Consisting of three mates, Tommy O'Dell, Matt Mason and Johnny Took, the rock band from Sydney's Inner West have gone on to produce two albums with 'Hills End' released in February 2016 and 'For Now' released in April of this year. Both projects received critical acclaim and peaked inside the top 10 of the ARIA album charts taking out the 8th and 7th spots respectively. But that's only a little spec of what this band has achieved over the years. And they're only going to keep on going up.
1. The Three Best Friends That Anyone Could Have
The Sydney trio consisting of lead vocalist Tommy O'Dell, lead guitarist Matt Mason and acoustic guitarist Johnny Took came together to form DMA'S in 2012 (much to our delight) after all three members had a background in singer-songwriting and the band taking influences from some of music's heavyweights including Bruce Springsteen, Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Oasis, Blur among many others.
2. First Things First
Two years after their formation, the boys released their first self-titled debut EP in March 2014 which features some of their classics including 'Play it out' and 'Delete' which was their breakthrough track that helped them gain attention in the Australian music scene. From here on in, the band began to gain traction and played a sold out national tour across the country.
3. The Start Of Hills End
After a successful tour around the country, the boys headed back home and into the studio to begin working on their debut album ‘Hills End’ which was released in February 2016. The album stormed into the top 10 of the ARIA charts, peaking in at number 8. The album featured some crossover tracks from their EP with ‘Play it out’ and ‘Delete’ making the cut while also giving us bangers on the new album including ‘Step up the morphine’ and ‘Lay Down’.
That wasn’t all the boys got up to in 2016. In October they recorded Like a Version for Triple J and absolutely smashed their cover of the Cher classic ‘Believe’, which came in at #6 in the 2016 edition of Triple’s Hottest 100 and the cover currently sits on 6.2 million views on Triple J’s YouTube channel. Not too shabby.
4. World Domination
With a successful tour and album under their belt, a festival run was next for the Sydney boys. The release of their album ‘Hills End’ had their names on everyone’s lips and they soon began to play at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals. After playing the likes of Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Yours & Owls, Laneway, Lost Paradise, Beyond the Valley and headlining Mountain Sounds, the boys took on the UK and US festival scene and played sets at Coachella, SXSW, Lollapalooza, T in the Park, Leeds Festival and even played a secret show at the iconic Glastonbury in 2016.It's safe to say they went...GLOBAL.
5. Fans In High Places
While on the road, the boys began working on their second studio album. During this period, they were endorsed by the one and only Liam Gallagher of Oasis and supported him on his 'As You Were' UK tour. Soon after we were gifted with the release of their second album 'For Now' in April of this year. Collaborating with likes of Kim Moyes from electronica duo The Presets, 'For Now' peaked in at #7 on the ARIA charts which came stacked with hits such as 'In the Air', 'Dawning', and 'The End'.
Which brings us up to present day where in the coming weeks the fellas will grace us with their prescence on October 11th for what will be an incredible edtion of MTV Unplugged Melbourne, before going on a UK Tour in December and will then return home for a run of festivals. Life is looking pretty sweet right now for the DMA'S and we can't wait to see what they do next.
- Ben Owusu.
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