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After achieving the highest chart positions of their career with their euphoric, alt-pop-tinged third album ‘THE GLOW’, DMA’S went on to win Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Best Dance Single (for The Avalanches’ remix of ‘Criminal’) at the recent 2021 Australian Independent Records Awards. The band returned to their rock roots as they shared their brand new suprise EP ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ on Friday and they’ve just shared the video of single ‘We Are Midnight’ here

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(Photo credit Mclean Stephenson)

The video was directed by Rik Saunders & edited by Mclean Stephenson. Rushes were taken from footage the band had shot themselves including L.A recording sessions, their NRL grand final peformance in Brisbane and this current EP recording session at Milkman Studios. 

A short, sharp joyride of a record, ‘I Love You…’ represents a tribute to DMA’S’ long-term hardcore fans as well as to the love of rock music that still powers the band’s beating heart. It’s a reminder of where they came from and how far they’ve come. Regardless of how big they get, they’ll always be the same band that used to throw a mattress against the wall to record demos in Johnny Took’s flat.  

DMA’S started recording demos when they were quarantining in Canberra ahead of their performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Inspired by the freedom of working with no pressure or expectations, the songs quickly emerged with an organic yet intensely focused vibe. After brief sessions in Coogee with Dylan Adams (who engineered the band’s earliest recordings, including the Platinum hit single ‘Delete’), DMA’S had crafted an EP which blends the vibrant familiarity of their early days with the taut immediacy that they have since mastered. 

“This EP was in the natural trajectory that you can sometimes take in a band,” says Johnny Took. “You work with different producers and you want to keep changing, but there’s also something in your core that pulls you back. It’s cool to get back to your roots sometimes.” 

That’s not to say that this EP is a regression. Instead, it showcases how versatile and how muscular the band’s songwriting has grown since those early days. The single ‘We Are Midnight’ captures the atmosphere of hitting the open road, its distorted layers of shoegaze guitar and immediately anthemic hook echoing their love of the British indie scene. Similarly, the opener ‘1 Way’ is faster, denser, and louder than anything that appeared on ‘The Glow’. Meanwhile, ‘Viol’ has a pop instinct that belies its origins as a song written by Matt Masonon a Czech dobro, while the band’s first electric guitar ballad ‘Junk Truck Head Fuck’ features some of their most vivd and fully realised storytelling, with a bittersweet lead vocal courtesy of Tommy O’Dell

 Eagle-eyed fans might already recognise the EP’s title. A friend of the band had left the message ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ on a whiteboard before she returned home from Australia. It later featured in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the video for their debut track ‘Delete’

DMA’S are set to make a long awaited return to the UK and Ireland later this year. Their recently rescheduled and extended tour will see them play to a combined audience of 65,000 people. Many shows are already sold-out, but remaining tickets for the tour are available here


TOUR DATES


OCTOBER 

17th – Greenock, Town Hall 

18th – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT) 

19th – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT) 

21st – Norwich, UEA 

22nd – Hull, Bonus Arena 

23rd – Newcastle, Hit The North Festival 

25th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT) 

27th – Bath, Pavilion (SOLD OUT) 

29th – London, Alexandra Palace 

30th – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena 

NOVEMBER 

1st – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse 

2nd – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT) 

3rd – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT) 

5th – Portsmouth, Guildhall 

6th – Cardiff, The Great Hall 

7th – Sheffield, O2 Academy 

8th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 

10th – Leeds, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT) 

11th – Leeds, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT) 

13th – Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT) 

14th – Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT) 

16th – Belfast, Limelight 

17th – Belfast, Limelight 


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