Since the release of their debut album Hills End in 2016, the DMA’s have been taking the music world by storm.

Tonight the DMA’s make a welcome return to the North East of England for their eagerly anticipated third show in the region inside of twelve months. The momentum behind the Sydney based outfit has resulted in the vast majority of the shows on this tour being sold out before they even step a single foot on British soil.

The atmosphere inside of the Northumbria Institute in Newcastle is at fever pitch long before the band tread the stage, with chants of ‘D-D-DMA’s’ resonating loudly around the room from the off. Last week the group released their sophomore album For Now and subsequently the band are touring the UK in support of their latest offering.

Opening the show with “Feels Like 37”, the DMA’s take the Geordie faithful back to their eponymous debut EP before breaking into the gargantuan title track of their new album. With its infectious groove and fuzz fuelled guitar riffs, the track has a quality to it that is akin to The Smith’s “How Soon Is Now”.

With little onstage banter, the group largely let their music do the talking. DMA’s belt their way through their sixteen song set. Each song is delivered with true rock and roll swagger which spurs on and fires up the crowd all night long.

As For Now is still very fresh, having only been released three days prior to the show, the DMA’s choose not to go too heavy on their new material in the set tonight. Only a modest amount of new tracks are included in the show. This includes the band’s heartfelt current single “In The Air”, along with the baggy sounds of “Dawning” and “Warsaw”. However, it is their uplifting and somewhat euphoric indie rock anthem “Break Me”, which really stands out in the set.

With For Now, the DMA’s sound continues to evolve and develop. Despite this, the band’s new material sits seamlessly side by side with their classic cuts from Hills End. Old favourites like “Delete” and “Step Up The Morphine”, each, in turn, result in a massive singalong from the band’s Newcastle fan base.

The DMA’s brings their main set to a close with their epic and somewhat psychedelically tinged number “Emily Whyte”, which leaves the crowd wanting more. A three-song encore that includes fan favourite “Play It Out” brings a high octane night of indie rock to a fitting conclusion.

Having been compared to Indie heavyweights such as Oasis, the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, the DMA’s have certainly got the raw sound, attitude and an arsenal of crowd-pleasing anthems to secure their future success and cement their status alongside their aforementioned esteemed peers.

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Event Date: 29-April-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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