Portsmouth becomes a sea of Fred Perry polos and adidas Gazelles as Australian indies DMA’S make a stop at the Pyramids Centre as part of their UK tour. It’s striking that an Australian band can put out music that sounds closer to the Britpop scene than any British band this side of the ‘90s, but they’re managing it to great effect.
With Neon Waltz not accompanying on this date, it’s solely down to Irish artist Rosborough, also invited along as support, to warm the stage for the band. He impresses with his fast-paced indie rock that proves more intense than his studio material, getting the already sizeable crowd moving. ‘.
DMA’S take to the stage to a cheer from the audience. With two albums under their belt, they now have a solid setlist featuring songs from both, as well as looking back to their debut EP – a treat for their more longstanding fans. They kick off with ‘Play It Out’, before going into ‘Dawning’, lead single from second album For Now. For ‘Timeless’, the band really get into their stride – it’s one of their most popular songs, and it definitely shows.
What follows are the songs we’d expect. ‘In the Air’, ‘Break Me’ and of course ‘Step Up the Morphine’ and ‘Delete’ all feature, alongside an acoustic rendition of ‘The End’. DMA’S stick around long enough for an encore, culminating with the raucous ‘Lay Down’. Britpop isn’t dead, it merely moved to Australia, but it feels good to have it back.
Words by Adam England