Hot on the heels of being ordained as one of Liam Gallagher’s favourite Aussie groups - probably because they sound quite a lot like Oasis - DMA’s shoot for the stars on For Now. If singles ‘Dawning’ and ‘In The Air’ are anything to go by, expect another album of sun-kissed Britpop whimsy from the Sydney three-piece. This one’s going to make them loads of money. Throw another shrimp on the barbie!
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Because I'm forced to listen to saxophone music all day I really enjoy reviewing bands like DMA's. The band apparently are Liam Gallagher's favourite Australian band....apart from the Necks who I'm told he is a huge fan of.
The DMA's continue here along the line of honest to goodness Brit pop/Brit rock - initially at least. Opening duo 'For Now' and 'Dawning' continue pretty much from where their last LP finished off - vibrant indie with nods to Oasis and the Stone Roses but then something terrible happens. They lurch into ballad territory and not only this they add synths. The next three tracks are truly dreadful - all of them get bogged down in what Gallagher would call 'indie bedwetter' music. Whiny vocals, soppy melodies, soporific arrangements, everything overproduced and far too polished for how this sort of music should sound.
'Warsaw' proves they've still got the jangle and 'Break Me' tries it's best to sound like REM but any freshness the band had on their debut is swallowed up at the console. If you are looking for something between Embrace and Liam Gallagher's last album it's here. There are moments where the band remember how to spangle their guitars like they did on the debut but it's not enough to save this.
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