If the Coronavirus stopped you from venturing to Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass 2020, it sure didn’t stop DMAs. To commemorate what would’ve been an amazing 3-day festival, the beloved Sydney band performed songs from their latest album The Glow to an empty Splendour Amphitheatre.
If it wasn’t for the current global pandemic, DMAs would’ve been rocking the stage at Splendour’s 20th-anniversary edition of the festival last weekend. The band was at the top of the artist bill this year and most certainly would have brought forth an electrifying set to SITG 2020. In lieu of this year’s Splendour In The Grass, DMAs decided to serenade us with a series of acoustic tracks from their new album The Glow as well as a song from their archives.
The sunset performance saw lead singer Tommy O’Dell, lead guitar and backing vocalist Matt Mason, and guitarist Johnny Took produce four breathtaking songs from their new album including ‘Silver’, ‘Criminals’ and ‘Life Is a Game of Changing’, as well as their 2018 track ‘The End’.
Watch the spectacular performance below.
The band’s new album The Glow was released earlier this month and incorporates 11 songs that demonstrate their ability to be versatile musically as they venture into new territories and genres such as 90s rock, indie-pop, and electronic.
This isn’t the DMAs’ first rodeo when it comes to Splendour In The Grass. The band made their first appearance in 2014 on the GW McLennan stage and made the main amphitheatre stage in 2016 and 2018. Splendour 2020 was set to be a big year for DMAs, which would’ve seen them make a glorious comeback after two years.
DMAs began in 2012 and have been on a steady climb in the music world since the release of their debut single ‘Delete’ which secured them a spot on the Splendour lineup in 2014 (watch below). Other accolades the band have received include their 2016 Hills End album reaching number 8 on the ARIA Album Charts, the band’s cover of Cher’s “Believe” was voted number 6 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 2016, and in March 2020 the trio played their largest headline show at Brixton Academy in London.
Just because Splendour 2020 has been postponed doesn’t mean DMAs stop performing. The band has 18 shows in Sydney and 4 shows in Brisbane lined up as part of their album launch under the name ‘Unplugged & Intimate’. All shows are already sold out unfortunately.
Listen below to hear DMAs’ new album The Glow which was released July 10 and is already gathering lots of praise:
“A bold step forward that sees DMA’s coming into their own, it’s a two-fingered salute to anyone that sneers at the idea of trying something new.” – NME
“The Glow isn’t just another album in the band’s discography. It sounds like a coming of age, an album that is limitless in its imagination and one that defies genre limitations.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“DMA’s showcase their ever-evolving chops as they continue to appropriate the sounds of ’90s/early Y2K bands such as Oasis, Stone Roses and Doves.” – Uncut
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