Live: DMA’s / Stone

UEA, Norwich December 5, 2023

by Olivia Keer

Things kick off tonight with an explosive set by Liverpool band Stone.

Having enjoyed support slots with artists such as Yungblud and The Kooks and played festivals including Reading and Leeds – as well as their own solo tours – their stage experience shines through, and lead singer Fin Power is full of confidence.

It's an explosive opening from Stone (Picture: Paul Jones)
It’s an explosive opening from Stone (Picture: Paul Jones)

They have their own fans here who get to enjoy the back-to-back dynamic and electric tracks.

But there’s also a sombre moment when the four-piece band dedicate their performance to Sean Martin from fellow Scouse band The Night Café, who passed away last month.

Sarah Surrage on bass (Picture: Paul Jones)
Sarah Surrage on bass (Picture: Paul Jones)

Chants of “D-D-DMA’s” echo around the venue as the Australian trio take to the stage for the first night of this tour.

With their indie and alt rock influences drawing on Britpop’s revival, all merged with elements of alternative dance, DMA’s have seen their popularity soar. 

The heart-warming Tape Deck Sick gets things under way, and with the crowd singing as loudly as Tommy O’Dell, it’s clear this is going to be a compelling first night.

It's an atmospheric experience with DMA's (Picture: Paul Jones)
It’s an atmospheric experience with DMA’s (Picture: Paul Jones)

Making its live debut, Get Ravey’s intense bridge and repetitive and catchy chorus is an exciting addition to the set. Taken from the their most recent album, How Many Dreams?, it’s elevated by its live performance.

On several occasions, rhythm guitarist Johnny Took stands at the edge of the stage, getting as close as he can get to us without falling into the pit, seemingly taking in every moment and enjoying the singing as well as the mosh pit.

The UEA show is the first night of the tour (Picture: Paul Jones)
The UEA show is the first night of the tour (Picture: Paul Jones)

As Took strums the intro to Silver, a spotlight focuses on O’Dell, but his impressive vocals are almost drowned out by his fans who fully embrace the emotive atmosphere.

With just the three core members of the band – O’Dell, Took and lead guitarist Matt Mason – on stage, Delete hits the OG fans with the sweet feeling of nostalgia.

Released in 2014, the debut single has a delicate acoustic opening partnered with raw vocals that can’t, and shouldn’t, be hidden behind the comfort of a full band. The song picks up intensity as the trio are joined on stage by their touring band members, the lights changing from a spotlight to a purple hue.

The set spans the Aussies' career (Picture: Paul Jones)
The set spans the Aussies’ career (Picture: Paul Jones)

The encore is greeted by the familiar chants echoing around the venue once again.

“Thank you for coming down,” Took says as they jump into Step Up The Morphine before the mosh pit returns for Lay Down.

Everybody’s Saying Thursday’s The Weekend is one of the catchier songs of the show, and its subtle hints of synth that peak through during the chorus will be stuck in everyone’s heads for the rest of the night.

There are new songs mixed in with some nostalgic moments (Picture: Paul Jones)
There are new songs mixed in with some nostalgic moments (Picture: Paul Jones)

It brings to an end an atmospheric set that has encompassed all their albums, and the passion that exudes from these Aussies when they play live creates a level of energy far greater than they can manage on their recordings. 

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