DMA’S second album FOR NOW found the Sydney trio’s fan base swell with a rush of new devotees.
It earned three ARIA Music Award nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release, while their growing status in the UK saw it reach #13 on the official album chart.
Now the band are set to release the MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE album on 12 July. It was recorded at Melbourne’s intimate Memo Music Hall last October, with DMA’S becoming one of the first Australian bands to play the iconic MTV Unplugged session. It’s a format steeped in history following classic sets from the likes of Nirvana, Oasis and R.E.M.
“It was the most fun I’ve had in a while, just rearranging the songs and hearing them in a different light,” says JOHNNY TOOK. “To be able to do this was a bit of a dream come true.”
Renowned for their ragged, anthemic energy inspired by the Britpop and Manchester scenes, MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE finds DMA’S stripping their songbook back to basics. Focusing on acoustic guitar, piano, violin and cello, these new arrangements unveil fresh new perspectives to the songs. Some now carry a folk vibe while others hone in on the poignancy of the band’s lyrics.
The set makes an immediate statement with FEELS LIKE 37, which substitutes its rush of spiky melody with a more reflective atmosphere. Numerous fan favourites such as STEP UP THE MORPHINE, IN THE AIR and LAY DOWN resonate in their new form, while the album also features their previously unreleased, violin-driven take on the Madonna classic BEAUTIFUL STRANGER.
The album is now available to pre-order from https://dmas.lnk.to/MTVPR with BEAUTIFUL STRANGER and THE END provided as instant downloads. It will be released on double 180-gram vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Completed by TOMMY O’DELL and MATT MASON, DMA’S formed in Sydney and released their self-titled EP in 2015. Their full-length debut, HILLS END, became their domestic breakthrough and saw it reach the Top 10 while the follow up, FOR NOW, expanded their profile across the globe.
Following their recent sold out UK tour and previous shows in the UK with LIAM GALLAGHER and THE KOOKS, DMA’S return in the summer to play a number of key festivals, as follows, with an additional headline show for good measure:
Fri 14 ISLE OF WIGHT Festival | Main Stage
Sat 15 MANCHESTER Heaton Park | with The Courteeners
Sun 16 DUBLIN Malahide Castle | with Noel Gallagher
Mon 17 BELFAST Limelight 1 | Headline
Sat 13 GLASGOW TRNSMT Festival
Sun 14 LONDON Citadel Festival | Main Stage
MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE track listing:
• FEELS LIKE 37
• LAY DOWN
• TIME & MONEY
• EMILY WHYTE
• IN THE AIR
• BEAUTIFUL STRANGER
• THE END
• LAZY LOVE
• IN THE MOMENT
• STEP UP THE MORPHINE
• DO I NEED YOU KNOW?