DMA's Hill's End
Published Feb 26, 2016Tommy O'Dell, Johnny Took and Matt Mason from Newtown, Australia make up the group DMA's, a fresh force to be reckoned with in the world of garage pop. With O'Dell's voice garnering the group comparisons to Oasis, and a lyric book full of honest and heartfelt lyrics, DMA's bring back the sounds adored in the '80s and '90s that lend nostalgic appeal to the band.
Their 12-track debut album, Hill's End, is riddled with pristine guitar riffs and melodies, making it one of those LPs that get people excited about a band from the get-go. The verbose, sonically intense "Timeless" gets the ball rolling and "Lay Down" is a genre throwback complete with echoing guitar interludes, while "Delete" is a sincere lyrical love song that suits the band well, as O'Dell makes a plea not to "delete my baby."
While the tracks on Hill's End never stray too far from the sound evident in the first few notes of the beginning track, they never feel repetitive. Standout "Too Soon" is the most representative of the group's sound, with well-placed tempo and key changes and a bridge that reflects the song's relationship angst themes. And with "Straight Dimensions," DMA's prove that their method of layering vocal and guitar stylings is essential to their marriage of grand instrumentals and romantic lyrical content. (Mom + Pop)