DMA’S, Wedding Motel @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide 31/3/2022

Sydney band DMA’S played at the iconic Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide Thursday night. This was the first show of their The Glow Australian tour, announced way back in 2020 alongside of their highly anticipated third album of the same name.

Adelaide’s own Bad//Dreems front man, Benjamin Marwe’s new solo project, Wedding Motel, opened the night to welcoming applause. Their tight set included songs from their new self-titled Wedding Motel EP, including Heart Control, R.S.L., King’s Cross, Childhood Beach and their debut single, Part Timer.

The band that everyone had so patiently waited for, through the pandemic and three postponed shows, was finally here. There was no lack of anticipation as The DMA’S prepared to take to the stage. The show started in dim light with guitarist Johnny Took playing sampled beats on his keyboard. With chants of “D-D-DMA’S” echoing in the room, an electric crowd were ready for the band’s first show back in two years. With the rest of the band following behind, the DMA’S launched into The Glow’s opener Never Before, followed by the album’s title track. Lead singer Tommy O’Dell revved up the enthusiastic crowd with his overhead clapping, grooving across the stage.

O’Dell’s opening remarks to the audience were classic saying ‘Adelaide, we are The DMA’S, thank you for having us’. The band moved straight in to the ballad hit, In the Air, a favourite with the crowd. Took then commented ‘How are we doing out there? It’s good to be back. We haven’t played these songs here for two years and this is where it all started’, going into Silver, another favourite with the audience singing every word.

Tape Deck Sick from the 2018 album For Now got the whole theatre dancing, followed by Hello Girlfriend. The song’s false ending, brought back in by lead guitarist Matt Mason’s vocals, had the crowd wanting the track to never end.

They rinsed the classics to close their set. Believe, the Cher cover made famous by Triple J’s Like a Version, had the crowd screaming the lyrics and featured the boys in an acoustic setting. Delete followed and probably received the loudest reception of the night. This is the song that introduced many fans to the band and sent the whole crowd wild from the mosh pit up to the nose bleeds. The 2020 disco hit Cobracaine closed their regular setlist.

Returning to the stage, Tommy thanked the crowd and went straight into Appointment, a slower track that settled the audience. The final two songs in the encore were tunes from early DMAs projects that saw the theatre return to craziness, with Lay Down and Feels Like 37. These modern classics bring alive everything the DMAs have become, one of Australia’s brightest bands and musical exports. From a band who had comparisons to an early Oasis, they are rising with their own identity and have turned into a superb touring outfit.

DMA’S continue their The Glow tour across the country during April with shows in Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane (Perth postponed) before returning to the UK mid-year.

Live Review By David Kerr

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