BBC Radio 1 StageSunday4:45 pm
We catch DMA’S where it feels like we should catch them: in the pub, on an Australian summer’s evening. It’s a moment of calm at the start of 2018 for a young band who are about to find themselves spending months on the road, pulled around the world, again, by an album of beautifully honed, passionately emotive rock’n’roll songs. Raise a glass and prime your ears – not to mention your heart – for DMA’S gloriously uplifting second album, For Now.
For sure – ‘For Now’ is the perfect, energising start to the second album from DMA’S, just as the psychedelic-tinged ‘Emily Whyte’ (a Mason composition) is a blissed out album closer. They’re a band who were accidentally successful… fronted by a singer who was, by his own happy admission, a work-in-progress frontman… who spent over two years chasing the success, much of it in the other side of the world, of an album they’d spent years crafting…
In all the best ways, they’ve made it up as they’ve gone along. And now, with For Now, DMA’S are where they want to be. “Last time round, we were still working out what kind of band we want to be, and we still are,” admits Johnny Took with the easygoing understatement that he shares with his bandmates. “We still have that jangly rock’n’roll aspect to it, but it’s also matured in other ways. The beats are bigger, and all that other shit,” he smiles. “It feels like a natural progression for the band.”