A sold-out audience fills the O2 Academy Brixton’s cavernous space from wall-to-wall. The lights go down, the crowd erupts into a chant and DMA’S tear into their opening song ‘Feels Like 37’accompanied by 5000 voices passionately singing along to its killer hook. The band are playing the biggest headline show of their career to date half a planet away from home, yet have conjured the atmosphere of an intimate homecoming celebration.
What follows is a show that will live long in the memories of the band and their fans alike. From early favourites ‘In The Air’ and ‘Lay Down’ to new material such as ‘Silver’ and ‘Life Is A Game Of Changing’ from their hugely successful third studio album ‘THE GLOW’ (which hit #4 in the UK and #2 in Australia), the band (extended from the core trio to a sextet for live performances and the recording of ‘THE GLOW’) inspire a rapturous reception. The show has been documented in the ‘Live at Brixton’ album which they release almost a year to the day later, today March 5th.
‘Live at Brixton’ is released on a striking smoke-effect pink/orange limited edition double vinyl (buy here) that also offers an essential souvenir of the event. Its design was inspired by a flare that was set off during the show. It will also be released digitally.
The O2 Academy Brixton show was immediately hailed as one of the highlights of the band’s career so far, and it has taken on whole new significance given the events that have followed. For many fans (and indeed the venue itself) it was their final show before live music events were halted. The album offers a chance to reminiscence on the life-affirming power of live shows, and also an inspiring reminder of what we’re all looking forward to returning to. The show’s reputation continued to grow when a much wider international audience watched a full stream of the set in April 2020.
DMA’S commented: “Our first ever show in the UK was the opening slot at Brixton Academy so this is just totally emblematic of the support that has grown overseas we are ever grateful for. It’s still the greatest show we have ever played and we will never forget that night. See you all soon! Stay safe.”
‘Live at Brixton’ tracklist:
‘Feels Like 37’
‘Time & Money’
‘Step Up The Morphine’
‘Life Is A Game of Changing’
‘In The Air’
‘Tape Deck Sick’
‘Play It Out’
Having played select shows in Australia last year that included a televised New Year’s Eve special from Sydney Harbour, DMA’S plan to make a long awaited return to touring in the UK in 2021. Their April headline tour includes a huge 10,000 capacity gig at London’s Alexandra Palace, and they’ll return in the summer to headline a series of major outdoor shows.