DMA’S have announced the video for WE ARE MIDNIGHT, the lead single from their new EP I LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY, SURE AM GOING TO MISS YOU. The EP is available on all digital outlets now and is released on limited blue 12” vinyl on 8 October. Pre-order here: https://dmas.lnk.to/unconditionallyID
After achieving the highest chart positions of their career with their euphoric, alt-pop tinged third album THE GLOW – #4 in the UK and #2 in their homeland of Australia – DMA’S return to their rock roots with I LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY, SURE AM GOING TO MISS YOU. A short, sharp joyride of a record, the EP represents a tribute to DMA’S long term hardcore fans as well as to their 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.
DMA’S started recording demos for the EP when they were quarantining in Canberra ahead of their performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Inspired by the freedom of working without pressure or expectations, the songs quickly emerged with an organic yet intensely focused feel. 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 the EP is a regression. Instead, it shows how versatile and muscular the band’s songwriting has become since their early days. The single, WE ARE MIDNIGHT, captures the atmosphere of the open road, its distorted layers of shoegaze guitar and anthemic hooks echoing their love of the British indie scene. Similarly, the 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 on a Czech dobro; whilst 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 title of the EP. A friend of the band had left the message I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going to Miss You on a whiteboard before she returned home from Australia. It later featured in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the video for their debut song Delete.
I LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY, SURE AM GOING TO MISS YOU track list:
We Are Midnight
Junk Truck Head Fuck
DMA’S are set to make a 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 with remaining tickets for the tour available here: https://dmasdmas.com/#dates
Sun 17 GREENOCK Town Hall
Mon 18 EDINBURGH Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Tue 19 EDINBURGH Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Thu 21 NORWICH UEA
Fri 22 HULL Bonus Arena
Sat 23 NEWCASTLE Hit the North Festival @ O2 Academy
Mon 25 SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)
Wed 27 BATH Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Fri 29 LONDON Alexandra Palace
Sat 30 LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
Mon 01 MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tue 02 MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Wed 03 MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)