Label: Infectious Records
Released: 27th April 2018
It’s one thing to release a debut album influenced almost entirely by the kings of the 90s Britpop revolution, and it’s another to have said album compared to the closest thing you’ll get to those aforementioned kings of Britpop. With that in mind, it’s absolutely ludicrous that a band would even attempt to follow it up and yet for Australia’s DMA’s, who only two years ago were crowned the heirs to Oasis’ vacant throne, have returned with their definitive work, and it definitely doesn’t sound like an aural portrait of ‘What’s The Story’, we can promise you that.
Opener ‘For Now’ rips and roars like a Madchester night out with the Gallagher Brothers, and yet from there the warm mid-nineties Britpop charm comes and goes, glimmering away in jangling guitar riffs soaked in summer days. DMA’s songwriting has matured in leaps and bounds, their sound truly becoming their own, as psychedelic twangs and electronic synths roll on by as vocalist Tommy O’Dell delivers a vocal performance that’d be as fitting in 1995 as it is in 2018. O’Dell’s vocals have grown from being that of a carbon-cut copy of a Gallagher to an emotionally-charged albeit soulful tone that warps your mind as the riffs get dizzying at points.
Lyrically, ‘For Now’ is a record which contemplates the beauties, insecurities, and tragedies of love and its impact on life. DMA’s way with words has matured significantly, O’Dell’s deliverance hitting the heart harder than a bag of nails when he soulfully sighs: “It’s in the air, it’s something in the way she drifts up there.”
‘For Now’ is a smorgasbord of sounds that serenade your senses; imagine a world where members of The Stone Roses, 90s-era The Cure, The Charlatans, and Gene formed a super-group, and you’ll find yourself listening to ‘For Now.’ Jingle-jangle psych (‘Warsaw’, ‘Break Me’), heart-wrenching acoustic balladry (‘Health’, ‘Emily Whyte’), and the ability to masterfully make music from a nostalgic period that sounds as if it belongs in the here and now.
Ripping up the rulebook and throwing away the Oasis-patched jacket in exchange for an identity all of their own, on ‘For Now’, DMA’s have crafted in a collection of twelve songs their definitive sound and by god is it beautiful.