Having only been a band for the better part of a year and a half, …
It was the gig that put DMA’S on the map; a sold-out performance to 5,000 people at one of the world’s most commodious and renowned venues, London’s O2 Brixton Academy.
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To mark a year since that career-defining show, Sydney’s favourite alt-rock threesome are sharing that momentous occasion with the world in their new live album Live At Brixton–but does it truly capture the majesty of that moment?
No live show will ever recollect the well-rounded finesse of a studio recording, that’s not the point. But Live At Brixton doesn’t even evoke a good quality live setting in its first third, running with an annoyingly tinny capture of the drums that ruins the deftly creative deliveries of the rest of the band. Thankfully, though, there’s enough going on elsewhere that you’ll soon look past the clanging aspects and enjoy the performance for what it was. Blindingly good.
The heart and soul of this release is those magical moments of erupting unity when the audience sing their hearts out with DMA’S.
The heart and soul of this release is those magical moments of erupting unity when the audience sing their hearts out with DMA’S. Through fan favourites Silver, The End, Step Up The Morphine and, the album’s highlight, Delete, such moments in the set are incredibly moving. That’s Live At Brixton’s strength, accentuated by the fact that DMA’S have an ability to write uniform and enjoyable songs, of which listening to that reception at this show will generate a disbelief at just how quickly adoration spread in front of them.
Ultimately, it’s the people that make this release–but were it not for DMA’S innate capability to create such liberating and imaginative tracks in-house, to then relay that magic to the live stage, would we be enjoying this release as much? Either way, it’s great to be able to tap into and own a part of music history, and this release captures some incredibly special moments.
STANDOUT TRACKS: The End, Delete, Life Is A Game Of Changing
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