A year and a half since they last blessed their fans with their ARIA-nominated debut album Hills End, Sydney trio DMA’S have finally revealed a new track, premiering ‘Dawning’ this morning on triple j, and announcing some new intimate shows in the bargain.
“We feel like ‘Dawning’ gives people the opportunity to decide what the song means to them,” says frontman Tommy O’Dell. “While the message of the song is quite dark, we also wanted create a piece of music that sounds uplifting and hopeful.”
Recorded at the band’s studio above the Lady Hampshire Hotel in their hometown of Camperdown, the track sees production efforts from Kim Moyes of The Presets (who’ll be producing their entire new album), and is the perfect person to mix the dark with the uplifting, considering his resume.
While the band have taken their time refining their sound since the writing of their first album, ‘Dawning’ isn’t a stark departure from the crisp Brit-infused rock that’s seen DMA’S on their way to supporting The Kooks across the U.K. in November, along with their own tour of the U.K. and Europe and sets at Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Fuji Rock, and even a surprise set at Glastonbury.
Speaking of tours, they’ll be taking their live show to a much smaller stage than the one at Glastonbury when they play two intimate local shows in November, playing Paddington Town Hall in Sydney on November 1, and Melbourne’s Meat Market on November 2, the perfect chance for fans to celebrate their return.
DMA’S have been on a tear since early single ‘Delete’ put them on Aussie radars, and their triple j Like A Version cover of ‘Believe’ by Cher was possibly their best work yet, setting a new record as the best result a cover has ever achieved in the Hottest 100, landing at number six.
Most recently, they received praise from Liam Gallagher, who was made aware of the band after they received more than a couple of comparisons to his former outfit Oasis, and gave them a nice pat on the back while simultaneously dissing Aussie drugs and beer.
“I don’t know much about Australian music,” the singer told GQ. “I know there’s that band DMAs, I went to see them a couple of weeks ago, and I like what I see,” he says. “Man, they got some good tunes in there.”
Check out the latest of those tunes, along with the upcoming tour dates, below.
DMA’S Australian shows November 2017
General sale at 9am Wednesday October 4
Wednesday 1 November (18+)
Paddington Town Hall | Sydney
Thursday 2 November (18+)
Meat Market | Melbourne