It’s said that Australians are some of the most laid-back people around, always cool, calm and collected. For the most part, DMA’S fit that bill. Sydney trio, Tommy O’Dell (vocals), Johnny Took (guitars), Matt Mason (guitarist and backing vocalist), have gone from writing and recording in their bedrooms to living their dream of spending their time almost permanently on the other side of the world, playing packed out gigs to rabid fans, but their attitude is much the same as you imagine it would have been back when they formed in 2012 – taking whatever comes their way with a satisfied shrug.
Their debut album – Hills End – is a collection of the three friends’ endeavours over the past three years and, sometimes, beyond. It’s a record that takes each individual’s own influences – folk artists like Dylan for Took, "American guitar bands from the ’90s," for Mason and English bands passed down to O’Dell by his older brother and Liverpudlian dad like The Beatles, The Stone Roses and The La’s – and throws them all in one big mixing pot.
They’re a band that are constantly writing, constantly experimenting, splicing bits of old songs together to make something new like an audio Frankenstein’s monster. That creative drive and curiosity combined with their unflappable outlook and sheer, undeniable talent has, in Hills End, already produced a body of work that’s both intriguing and captivating.