Hill’s End is the debut full-length from DMA’s, a present day Australian group who nevertheless manage to sound exactly like a band from 1990’s Great Britain. Even the vocals sound totally Mancunian. If you like your guitar-pop edging into Britpop territory though, this’ll work nicely for you. On Infectious Music.
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If we want a new band to help soundtrack Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Grimsby' then DMA's are your lads. They are an Australian group that sound quite astonishingly North West English. The singer smokes a cigarette like Liam Gallagher and sounds like him too. However this is not all meat and potatoes lad indie. Opener 'Timeless' is waaay better than that with the type of spangling guitars Stone Roses specialised in. Let's not forget that lad rock can be good if done with panache and here is the perfect example. By track three though they've already resorted to balladeering - 'Delete' has a sort of Jake Bugg thing going on with phlegmy vocals, slavering out rather nonsensical lyrics. 'Too Soon' would fit into the jukebox selection in any Stone Roses bar though the album is a little ballad heavy.
There's something here for sure, hints of greatness with a chord change here and there particularly when they flange in a more Echo and the Bunnymen way. 'Melbourne' is quite breezy stadium ready epic with delicious guitars and along with the opening 'Timeless' and the gorgeously tuneful Arctic Monkeys ish 'Straight Dimensions' is the high point here. If you can't stand Gallagher's snot-vox then you'll be stumped but should the obscure end of Brit pop be your thing then this will sit happily next to your Milltown Brothers and Cast records.
I kid. There's more to this lot than just simply Brit pop wannabees. There's something in a clutch of these songs that makes me want to give them the benefit of the doubt.
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