DMA’S // O2 Forum Kentish Town, London // 17.12.18

DMA’S // O2 Forum Kentish Town, London // 17.12.18

A second tour of the UK in just eight months for a band from the other side of the world might be expected to lead to a lack of enthusiasm from fans, but this was definitely not the case at Kentish Town, as DMA’S December tour climaxed in emphatic style. The crowd was extremely diverse in age, drawing in a mix of mod-like 40-50 year olds, as well as teenagers who also had flocked to see the band, which has been described as their generations’ next Oasis.

Support came from the impressive Scottish band Neon Waltz, whose mix of folky rock was welcomed by the crowd. Then came the main event. DMA’S arrived on stage to a cauldron of noise as a remixed version of title track for their new album For Now blared from the speakers. The noise levels didn’t falter as the set continued, as ‘Feels Like 37’ and ‘For Now’ were belted back at them by the energetic crowd, who were certainly partial to a mosh pit throughout the set. There was a perfect mix of material from both their debut and sophomore albums, with the crowd more familiar with all the material now the album has been out for near eight months.

The same energy continued throughout the set, which reached an emotional crescendo during ‘Delete’ as the touring members left the stage so that Tommy, Johnny and Mason could begin an emotional rendition, only to be rejoined by the other three members to create an incredible noise towards the end the song. The show ended as it had started, with the crowd bouncing up and down to ‘Lay Down’, with singer O’Dell exiting the stage in confident fashion after throwing his shaker into the crowd. An excellent gig from start to finish.

Charlie Cooling