Following their recent wins at the 2021 AIR Awards (Best Independent Album, Best Independent Rock Album, Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single) for their critically acclaimed third album ‘THE GLOW’, I OH YOU are delighted to today share DMA’S return to their rock roots with their brand-new EP ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’, with a spotlight on new single We Are Midnight. The EP will also be released on a limited-edition Blue Truman 12” vinyl (the colour lovingly named after Tommy’s Blue Staffy) on Friday 8 October. Vinyl is available for pre-order via dmas.bandtshirts.com.au/.
A short, sharp joyride of a record, ‘I Love You…’ represents a tribute to DMA’S’ long-term hardcore fans as well as to the love of rock music that still powers the band’s beating heart. It’s a reminder of where they came from and how far they’ve come. Regardless of how big they get; they’ll always be the same band that used to throw a mattress against the wall to record demos in Johnny Took’s flat.
Focus single We Are Midnight is a classic freeway song, its distorted layers of shoegaze guitar and immediate, anthemic hook take you right back to the euphoria of their 2016 debut ‘Hills End’.
“We Are Midnight is a noisy guitar pop explosion which brings us back to our roots. In writing the track we felt all the melodic parts were strong but structuring it properly to make the most out of the song was the hardest part. By self-producing this EP, we had to take more control of aspects such as this and seeing growth in this facet of our song writing makes us proud to share it with you today :)” – Johnny Took
DMA’S started recording demos when they were quarantining in Canberra ahead of their performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Inspired by the freedom of working with no pressure or expectations, the songs quickly emerged with an organic yet intensely focused vibe. After brief sessions in Coogee with Dylan Adams (who engineered the band’s earliest recordings, including the Platinum hit single Delete), DMA’S had crafted an EP which blends the vibrant familiarity of their early days with the taut immediacy that they have since mastered.
“This EP was in the natural trajectory that you can sometimes take in a band,” says Johnny Took. “You work with different producers, and you want to keep changing, but there’s also something in your core that pulls you back. It’s cool to get back to your roots sometimes.”
That’s not to say that this EP is a regression. Instead, it showcases how versatile and how muscular the band’s song writing has grown since those early days. Opener 1 Way is faster, denser, and louder than anything that appeared on ‘THE GLOW’. Meanwhile, Viol has a pop instinct that belies its origins as a song written by Matt Mason on a Czech dobro, while the band’s first electric guitar ballad Junk Truck Head Fuck’features some of their most vivid and fully realised storytelling, with a bittersweet lead vocal courtesy of Tommy O’Dell.
Eagle-eyed fans might already recognise the EP’s title. A friend of the band had left the message ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ on a whiteboard before heading overseas. It later featured in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the video for their debut track Delete.
DMA’S will embark on their national headline tour next month with shows in Adelaide, Fremantle (SOLD OUT), Brisbane (SOLD OUT), Melbourne and Sydney, before embarking on their long-awaited return to the UK and Ireland later this year. Their recently rescheduled and extended tour will see them play to a combined audience of 65,000 people.
Until such a time as they DMA’S can grace a stage near you, allow the comforting familiarity of ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ to get you through!
DMA’S – THE GLOW AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR
TICKETS via frontiertouring.com/DMAS
Fri 24 Sep | Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, SA | Lic. All Ages
Sun 26 Sep | Fremantle Arts Centre | Fremantle, WA | 18+* | SOLD OUT
Sat 02 Oct | Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD | Lic. All Ages | SOLD OUT
Fri 08 Oct | Margaret Court Arena | Melbourne, VIC | Lic. All Ages
Sat 09 Oct | Hordern Pavilion | Sydney, NSW | Lic. All Ages
‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ EP
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