It’s been a year since the start of the first UK lockdown, and one of the (many) things we have all been missing during this time has been live music. It’s therefore feels appropriate that DMA’S have chosen this moment to release their new – and second – live album, ‘Live at Brixton‘, which fittingly was recorded on 6 March 2020, just before lockdown brought gigs – and everything else – to a skidding halt.
The Australian rockers formed almost a decade ago and since then have released three well-received studio albums (‘Hills End‘, ‘For Now‘ and, last summer, ‘The Glow‘), together with one live album (‘MTV Unplugged: Live‘, released in 2019). Their standard line-up comprises Thomas O’Dell (lead vocals), Matthew Mason (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Johnny Took (acoustic guitar), although when touring they’re joined by Joel Flyger (rhythm guitar), Thomas Crandles (bass guitar) and Liam Hoskins (drums).
‘Live at Brixton‘ was recorded in front of a sold-out audience at the O2 Academy Brixton, and was hailed as one of the highlight’s of the band’s career.
“Our first ever show in the UK was the opening slot at Brixton Academy so this is totally emblematic of the support that has grown overseas and we are ever grateful for. It’s still the greatest show we have ever played and we will never forget that night. See you all soon. Stay safe.” – DMA’S
DMA’S have garnered a reputation for electrifying live performances, and this album succeeds in capturing this – both the band’s energy and the audience’s engagement are palpable, lending the album a ‘feels like you’re in the venue’ feel.
The 17-song setlist covers the band’s entire career to date, with highlights and fan favourites from every album. Indeed, it’s the interaction with the fans, who are well-versed in many of the band’s key lyrics, that helps bring this album to life. Hearing the audience sing along with songs like ‘Feels Like 37‘ and ‘The Glow‘ is a life-affirming moment, made all the more poignant by the absence of such interaction for much of the world over the last year.
‘Live at Brixton‘ is a scintillating album that captures DMA’S best performance to date, and reminds us of all the energy and passion of live music that we’ve been missing during lockdown.