ALBUM REVIEW: DMA’S – The Glow

If you’ve been to an Australian festival over the past couple of years then you’ve definitely seen DMA’S live at least once before. The Sydney indie-rock three piece have continually impressed audiences with their high energy and slick hooks that are perfect festival singalongs. But for their highly anticipated third studio album ‘The Glow’, they’ve progressively stepped into the pop lane in a huge and exciting way. 

This eleven track collection is one of the most unexpected albums of the year. While they’ve always had a bit of a pop glimmer to their hooks, this album unashamedly embraces it as they hone this sound into their artistry.

Lead singles ‘Silver’, ’The Glow’, ‘Life Is A Game Of Changing’ and ‘Learning Alive’ are the perfect representations of the diversity of sounds that this album embodies. There are moments of somber realisations intertwined with big festival ready chants. 

Opening with the bubbling distortion behind ‘Never Before’, they lead the way with crunching guitars layered by Tommy O’Dell’s soothing vocals. The production is very bold and direct and actually reminds me of Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ record with the level of experimentation. 

Slowing down the pace, ’Criminals’ is an arena ready ballad that quickly becomes one of the albums pure highlights. “Tell me, do you need a partner? Cause the criminals are near” O’Dell croons during the catchy hook. Building cinematically, this song is very anthemic in every way possible. 

‘Strangers’ heads towards a 90’s pop-rock sonic while ‘Hello Girlfriend’ has some early 2000’s angst injected into it. Closing with ‘Cobracaine’ they give you a big electro-pop moment that is shadowed by a raw heaviness. 

Reflecting on the sad reality of how many kids lose their lives during Schoolies due to drunk-driving, this song hits quite hard. It’s an emotive and heartfelt moment to close this record on, and will have you thinking quite deeply. “Wanted to go on holiday. Wasted kids so dead inside” they sing. 

‘The Glow’ is unapologetically a representation of who they are as artists and the sonical evolution that they genuinely want to have. It’s bold, exciting and genuinely impressive.