Wednesday 13 December 2023

Live Review: DMA's - Cardiff University Great Hall, 12 December 2023

At home in the company of DMA's will always make for a wholesome evening, and last night proved to be another exceptional experience. 

In celebration of their recently released fourth studio album How Many Dreams?, the Sydney based outfit, now predominantly adopted by the UK, returned to Cardiff's Great Hall for a dazzling performance which showcased just why they're atop of their game.

Opening with Olympia, a single from their latest LP, it's clear fans had plenty enough time to recite the lyrics as they wasted no time firing up their lungs.

By the time live favourite In the Air rolled around, the atmosphere was ripe to burst as the pint cups and bottles that were so fiercely launched slowly ebbed, and instead fans embraced each other arm in arm. Few bands can tame a crowd of rowdy Stone Island-clad fans quite like DMA's but it proves, beneath the exterior, deep down everyone has the emotional intelligence to entwine with their emotions. 

As the set moved through their impressive back catalogue, with no conduction needed, Tommy O'Dell effortlessly stepped back from the mic to allow the crowd to sing the chorus of Silver, a track built for these moments. And with that in mind the band brought through the triple threat of Tape Deck Sick, Delete and Feels Like 37 to close out the show before the encore.

Everybody's Saying Thursday's the Weekend. Or should that be Tuesday? As the chants amassed until the whole room shouted D-D-DMA's, the band finally emerged for a final hat-trick of songs before bowing out to a rapturous applause. 

With moments of real charm and an emotionally charged euphoria, the band might be thousands of miles from home, but their heart's are most certainly in the palms of us Brits and we love them all the more for it. The band continue their tour with Glasgow, Manchester and two dates in London. 


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