Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Live Review: DMA's ~ Plug, Sheffield; 24.08.16

How incredible it must feel for a band to travel half way across the world and be so warmly embraced as DMA's were for their performance in Sheffield. When it comes to this band, I honestly have no words that can adequately describe just how phenomenal they truly are. Their album 'Hills End' is a masterpiece, and that's an understatement; when I see them live, they genuinely come across as such humble and understated performers and I can't help but get the feeling that they themselves do not realise the true extent of their greatness- but one thing is for sure, their audiences definitely do.

DMA's are: Johnny Took, Matt Mason & Tommy O'Dell
I must admit, I'd expected this show to be in Plug's main room, so was a little surprised to find it was to take place in the smaller of the venues' rooms. That said, I do much prefer this room, and after only having seen the band live once before at Live At Leeds where they performed to a huge crowd in Leeds University's refrectory I was thrilled to be able to see them now in much more intimate surroundings. The crowd were chanting "DMA's" well over fifteen minutes before the band took to the stage, and when they did they launched straight into album opener 'Timeless'. Mere moments into their set and I think every single person in that crowd was thoroughly entranced and singing their hearts out- myself included, but thankfully for everyone else there my own poor vocal abilities blended into background! Atmosphere and crowd dynamics can make or break a show, and it has to be said that the atmosphere in the room was beyond electric at this particular gig and I could really tell that the band themselves enjoyed it just as much as everyone who'd ventured out midweek to see them. Some of their most well known tracks, such as 'Lay Down' and 'Too Soon' (which were two of the songs that first got me into their music) are exceptionally well received- but for me, the highlight was 'So We Know' which was performed with initially just frontman Tommy O'Dell, and Johnny Took and his acoustic guitar present. Guitarist Matt Mason, alongside the backing band, returned to the stage and jumped in towards the end of the song. It's one of my favourites from the album so I was virtually bouncing up and down with excitement to see it live and it was so, so beautiful. It was also fantastic, as always, to hear perhaps their most well known track 'Delete'- which is the first song I ever heard from them, and so always sticks out to me. Early tracks 'Your Low', 'Laced' and 'Feels Like 37' are a welcome addition to the setlist and are definite crowd pleasers, probably acting to most as the perfect reminder as to why they got into DMA's in the first place.

Admittedly, I probably spend more time than I should taking photos at gigs when I should just concentrate on the music, but on this occasion I barely had my phone out at all and I was delighted to see that the same went for most of the crowd. I'd be interested to see how others feel as to whether the effect is the same, but personally I can't help but feel as if to witness DMA's live is something very exciting, and very special... I feel as if this is a band on the brink of something extraordinary.

Literally the only photo I got!
It was somewhat touch and go as to whether I'd make this gig or not, due to work commitments, and I almost considered not getting tickets at all- but I am so glad that I did, because I don't hesitate in saying that it's one of the best gigs I've ever been to and I cannot wait until October when I'll be doing it all again upon their return to Yorkshire for their next UK tour.

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