DMA’S have revealed full details of their forthcoming third studio album, THE GLOW. The album was recorded and mixed by multiple Grammy Award winner Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, New Order) between Westlake Studios in West Hollywood and RAK Studios in London.
Northern Exposure’s Desh Kapur had a little email chat with singer Tommy O’Dell…
Hi Tommy, I’m Desh and welcome to Northern Exposure. Hope you are well and thank you so much for taking the time to fill in this short Q&A. It’s greatly appreciated as we are big fans of the band.
No doubt you’ve heard it before, but you do have a very 90s/early noughties British sound. How did that come about … as both you and Johnny were in Sydney rock band Underlights which seemed to be more of a 60s-inspired psychedelic rock sound?
Even though Johnny and I were playing more country psychedelic music in Underlights, we’ve always had a strong connection with 90s British rock n roll and dance music. I guess that’s one of the reasons we started DMA’S so we could explore those genres we loved. We are still influenced by country folk and bluegrass music though. Tooky and Mason often play on their banjos, lap steel and dobroes together, mucking round with ideas.
The first track from the new record (Silver) very much has flavours of the first two albums; the second track (Life is a Game of Changing) has a very different feel, a little more 80s and a little more Hacienda (or at least that’s what I’m getting) … was this a conscious thing and is this where the new album is going?
We’ve always written and demoed with dance inspired elements. I guess the third album we thought was the right time to really push that side of the band. Having Stuart Price on board for this record allowed us to experiment with those ideas even further so, yeah, I guess it was conscious and not unexpected for us.
You have played with some heavy-hitter bands and artists; which ones stand out the most for you and why?
For me playing with Kasabian in Ireland was a stand out. I’ve been a fan for a long time and to play with them and meet them was great. I’ve always loved their energy on stage and as a singer I loved watching Tom connect with his fans.
You have played pretty much all the iconic festivals and venues over the last few years; which ones do you feel are missing from that list?
Goodison Park. Haha …
One CD to a desert island? Go …
What gets played on the tour bus the most? And who is the designated DJ?
We all take turns but Joel and Crandles (members of the live and touring band) always play me music I’ve never heard of, which is great. Their knowledge of different music and artists is really good.
What new bands or artists are on your radar right now?
I mean she’s not that new, but I’ve been listening to Clairo. I checked out the Love Fame Tragedy EP the other day too. Golf Alpha Bravo is cool; it’s new solo stuff from Gab from Jagwa Ma.
Outside of music what other loves do you have? I know you’re a big Everton fan; will you be catching a game while you’re in the UK?
Yes, I will! Chelsea v Everton after the Brixton Academy show.
Oasis or Blur?
Vegemite or Marmite?
Vegemite, for sure.
And what message would you like to give to everyone to finish off?
Big love x
Again, thank you very much Tommy and hopefully we can catch up and have a bigger chat over a couple of beers when you land in the UK soon.
THE GLOW will be available to purchase on CD, download and heavyweight black vinyl as well as limited edition heavyweight tricolour vinyl through HMV and independent record stores. There will also be exclusive merchandise bundles with signed prints plus limited-edition heavyweight transparent green vinyl, cassette and highly limited signed test pressings when purchased through the band’s store at: https://dmas.lnk.to/storePR