Your new favorite Australian band brought a taste of Coachella to Chicago this week at Schubas Tavern. DMA’s took a break from the festival circuit to jam with us Chicagoans. As many of us learned, DMA’s put on a rad show and we wanted to know more about them. We at Chicago Music got to talk with Tommy O’Dell, front man of DMA’s, about the evolution of the band.
Chicago Music: Who is DMA’S?
Tommy: DMA’S consists of Johnny Took, Matt Mason and myself. We also have our permanent touring members Liam Hoskins, Tom Crandles and Joel Flyger.
CM: How did you all become involved in creating music together?
T: Johnny and I used to play in a band together, I was playing drums he was on bass. We just wrote tunes on the side and we began to record them at home. We met Mason through some friends, he dug the tunes and joined in the writing and recording.
CM: How did you guys come about your sound?
T: It wasn’t something we talked about or decided upon, it just happened. From our very first recordings (Blown Away, Delete) we sounded how we sounded. I guess it was just all our influences bundled together.
CM: What artists (past and current) are responsible for who you are as an artist today?
T: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Springsteen, The Beatles, The Las, Stone Roses, Oasis , Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr , My Bloody Valentine. The list goes on. If I were to Pick 3 bands I would say Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth.
CM: You have been part of huge festivals like Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Coachella, and you guys are definitely blowing up. Did you ever expect to become such a successful group?
T: I never expected anything. I mean we have been working hard so when you do that you want to see rewards. We are growing slowly but there’s a lot more work to be done to be where we want to be.
CM: What has been your favorite live performance thus far?
T: Lowlands Festival in Germany was a good one.
CM: What is your favorite aspect of performing live?
T: Seeing people in the crowd enjoy music you wrote. That’s the best thing. Seeing people relate to something you have made.
CM: You guys have been busy between your live performances at festivals, your tour, and just releasing your LP, “Hills End,” but what can we expect to see from DMA’S in the future?
T: Touring the album and preparing a second album in the next 2 years.
CM: When you guys are in Chicago, is there anything specific that you like to do?
T: We love Chicago.. There’s always good pubs around.
The DMA’s just left Chicago, but we’re sure they’ll be back. In the meantime, check out their new LP, “Hills End.” It’s bound to get rid of your snow in april blues. Turn it on, close your eyes, and pretend you’re back in the sun at SXSW.