Stream DMA’S DMA’S EP

Britpop may be two decades-plus behind us, but here in 2015, there’s a small wave of young, non-British bands making music that draws directly from the genre’s peak moment. A couple weeks ago, when Blur played Music Hall Of Williamsburg, the opening act was a quartet called Honduras, whose floppy-haired frontman employed an English accent that altogether disappeared between songs, such as when he introduced his band as being from Brooklyn. The excellent young Danish group Communions have less in common with countrymen Iceage than they do the Stone Roses. But none of these acts seems so poised to appear on the cover of NME circa October 1995 as Australia’s DMA’S.

I mean that as the highest compliment! Every song from DMA’S forthcoming self-titled debut EP could be sequenced into a playlist featuring the likes of Cast, the Bluetones, Ash, and Supergrass — and while those DMA’S tracks would fit right in, they’d also stand out as sparkling highlights. These are bright, driving, lightly psychedelic, heavily melodic guitar-based pop songs that will hook you on the first listen and only pull you in further from there. The band’s most potent element is the voice of its frontman, Tommy O’Dell, which brings to mind the voice of Definitely Maybe-era Liam Gallagher: before Liam’s relentless abuse cost him that voice; when it was one of the most powerful sounds in the world. O’Dell is joined by Matt Mason and Johnny Took, and the trio wrote and recorded the six songs on their debut EP over the course of three years. Indeed, some of these tracks have been around for a while now: Blur’s Dave Rowntree named “Delete” the Record Of The Week on his XFM show on July 2, 2014. Said Rowntree, “This has the swagger of Oasis and the musicality and inventiveness of Arctic Monkeys.” (The same song was featured on last week’s episode of Catfish.) “Delete” is really good, but it’s not even my favorite song on the EP. Maybe it’ll be yours, though? We’ve got the whole thing for you to spin today, a week ahead of its release. It’s a sunny, beautiful day in NYC, which is the ideal weather for this music. I hope it’s sunny and beautiful where you are, too, so that you can hear this thing in its optimal environment. No matter what it looks like out there, though, you should check this out.

DMA’S self-titled EP is out 5/18 via Mom+Pop Music. Pre-order it here. They’re gonna be on tour, too. Here are the dates:

05/23 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival 2015
05/26 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
05/28 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s Tavern
05/29 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
06/02 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
06/03 Columbus, OH @ A And R Music Bar
06/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
06/07 New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
06/09 Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
06//11 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
06/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
06/17 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
07/31 – 08/02 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza 2015
08/07 – 08/09 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

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