DMAs @ Barrowlands, Glasgow, 9 Dec

Australia's DMAs play their second sold out show in a row at Glasgow's Barrowlands, and while not all that unique they bring a much-needed bit of sunshine to an otherwise cold December night

Live Review by Eala Macalister | 21 Dec 2018

You might be forgiven for thinking it was summer, rather than a cold December night, with the number of bucket hats on show and guys in shorts in the Barrowland Ballroom tonight. By the time DMAs take to the stage the Barras is bursting at the seams, despite this being their second night in a row at the iconic Glasgow venue. The enthusiasm of the crowd is second to none, and they rise to the occasion despite it being a Sunday night.

While DMA’s hail from Australia, their sound is more akin to something that would've come out of Northern England in the late 80s/early 90s – think Stone Roses or Oasis. Frontman Tommy O’Dell was obviously taking notes while watching Liam Gallagher, and barely speaks a word to the crowd beyond the occasional 'thank you'. Opting to let the music do the talking, this doesn’t bother the audience at all, with the atmosphere growing more feverish as the night goes on with barely time for a breath, until they play an acoustic version of The End when nearing the close of their main set.

They were never going to be allowed to go without an encore though, and end with a rowdy singalong of Lay Down. DMAs' live show is understated but engaging, and doesn’t fail to fuel the crowd. They're a go-to band for those who missed out on Britpop and wish they'd been there first time round, however they'd do well to push this further and come up with a more unique sound of their own.