DMA’S’ latest album For Now found the Sydney trio’s fan base swell with a rush of new devotees. It earned three ARIA Award nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release, while their growing status saw it reach at #7 on the Australian ARIA Album Chart and #13 on the Official Album Chart in the UK - their highest UK chart position to date.
Now, the band is set to release their MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne) album on Friday 14 June - available to pre-order here. Having only recently launched in Australia for the first time, the DMA’S MTV Unplugged recording saw the trio become one of the first Australian bands to play the iconic program. It’s a format steeped in history following classic sets from Nirvana, Oasis, R.E.M. and many more.
“It was the most fun I’ve had in a while, just rearranging the songs and hearing them in a different light,” says Johnny Took. “To be able to do this is a bit of a dream come true.”
Renowned for their anthemic energy, MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne) finds DMA’S stripping their songbook back to basics. Focusing on acoustic guitar, piano, violin and cello, these new arrangements unveil fresh new perspectives on the songs - honing in on the poignancy of the band’s lyrics, and their classic songwriting.
The set makes an immediate statement with ‘Feels Like 37’, which substitutes its rush of spiky melody with a more reflective atmosphere. Numerous fan favourites such as ‘Step Up The Morphine’, ‘In The Air’ and ‘Lay Down’ resonate in their new form, while the album also features their previously unreleased, violin-driven take on the Madonna classic ‘Beautiful Stranger’.
MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne) has today been launched with the emotionally-charged acoustic version of ‘The End’. This represents DMA’S’ first live performance of the song, which has since become a staple of their live sets. The original studio version was recently added to Radio X’s daytime list and to Absolute Radio’s B-list.
DMA’S are Johnny Took, Tommy O’Dell and Matt Mason. Forming in Sydney they debuted with their self-titled EP in 2015 featuring their breakout hit ‘Delete’. Their full-length debut Hills End was their domestic breakthrough full-length debuting with an impressive top 10 ARIA Chart position and has become a Brit Certified Breakthrough Album, while the follow-up For Now expanded their profile across the globe.
Having previously played shows with Liam Gallagher and The Kooks, DMA’S are currently in the UK kicking of a run of headline shows across the UK and Europe, wrapping up with sets at a number of key festivals.
MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne) tracklist: 1. Feels Like 37 2. Lay Down 3. Time & Money 4. Emily Whyte 5. In The Air 6. Warsaw 7. Beautiful Stranger 8. The End 9. Lazy Love 10. In The Moment 11. Health 12. Step Up The Morphine 13. Delete 14. Do I Need You Now?
DMA'S MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne)
Out Friday 14 June through I OH YOU Available to pre-order here
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES Fri 19 Apr BAD Friday, Marrickville NSW Fri 26 Apr Groovin’ The Moo, Wayville SA Sat 27 Apr Groovin’ The Moo, Maitland NSW Sun 28 Apr Groovin’ The Moo, Canberra ACT Sat 4 May Groovin’ The Moo, Bendigo VIC Sun 5 Nov Groovin’ The Moo, Townsville QLD Sat 11 Nov Groovin’ The Moo, Bunbury WA
INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES: Tue 9 Apr Edinburgh, Usher Hall (SOLD OUT) Wed 10 Apr Newcastle, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT) Thu 12 Apr Liverpool, University - Mountford Hall (SOLD OUT) Fri 13 Apr Nottingham, Rock City (SOLD OUT) Sat 14 Apr Cardiff, The Great Hall Fri 14 Jun Isle of WIght Festival (main stage) Sat 15 Jun Manchester, Heaton Park (with Courteeners) Sun 16 Jun Dublin, Malahide Castle (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) Mon 17 Jun Belfast, Limelight 1 (headliners) Sat 13 Jul TRNSMT Festival Sun 14 Jul Citadel Festival (main stage)