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Review: DMA’S – In The Air

‘In The Air’ is a beautifully tranquil release amid DMA’S’ growing hype

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No introduction shall soon be required for DMA’S, an alternative rock trio from Sydney, who are rapidly establishing themselves in the British music scene. With a sound often likened to Britpop and some of Manchester’s most renowned bands like Oasis, their growing popularity is hardly surprising. Following a string of successful and sold out Academy and club gigs last year, DMA’S have their second album in the bag. For Now is due for release 27th April.

In the meantime, the album’s second single, ‘In The Air’, dropped on 12th February. The boys have delivered once again. A song about an uncertain relationship perhaps is not what you want to hear around Valentine’s Day, but Tommy O’Dell’s powerful yet soft vocals on the chilled-out, melodic track are impossible not to fall in love with. The track’s stripped back sound takes a break from their more lively and guitar-based singles such as ‘Dawning’ – For Now’s first release – which is perhaps a little more up your street if you like it turned up to 11.

Their latest releases prove that DMA’S are not just another rock band, but a competent group of musicians capable of producing a variety of different sounds and vibes. Guitarist Johnny Took claims there is ‘more synth stuff going on’ in their upcoming album, with guitar-based bangers still to be expected. This should leave no room for boredom with fans, as well as providing an appeal to a wider audience, particularly as The Presets’ Kim Moyes is the producer on the album.

‘In The Air’ will undoubtedly raise lighters when played live; who doesn’t love a mushy gig moment? The emphasis however on the moment, as the majority of DMA’S’ sets are loud, lively and exactly what you would expect from great upcoming rock stars (who charmingly play in their trackies, I must add). With this being said, DMA’S are playing Liverpool’s Sound City festival this May, so you can experience the magic for yourself.