DMA’S release MTV Unplugged version of ‘In The Air’

DMA’S have released their MTV Unplugged version of IN THE AIR, available now on all DSPs, and have also shared the video taken from the live recording. The Sydney band have recently performed a number of UK gigs including appearances at Isle of Wight Festival, Heaton Park with The Courteeners, Dublin Malahide Castle with Noel Gallagher and a sold-out headline show at Belfast Limelight. They return to the UK in July to perform at TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow and Citadel in London.

DMA’S are set to release their MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE album on 12 July. It was recorded at Melbourne’s intimate Memo Music Hall last October, with DMA’S becoming one of the first Australian bands to play the iconic MTV Unplugged session. It’s a format steeped in history following classic sets from the likes of Nirvana, Oasis and R.E.M.

“It was the most fun I’ve had in a while, just rearranging the songs and hearing them in a different light,” says JOHNNY TOOK. “To be able to do this was a bit of a dream come true.”

Renowned for their ragged, anthemic energy inspired by the Britpop and Manchester scenes, MTV UNPLUGGED LIVE finds DMA’S stripping their songbook back to basics. Focusing on acoustic guitar, piano, violin and cello, these new arrangements unveil fresh new perspectives to the songs. Some now carry a folk vibe while others hone in on the poignancy of the band’s lyrics.

The set makes an immediate statement with FEELS LIKE 37, which substitutes its rush of spiky melody with a more reflective atmosphere. Numerous fan favourites such as STEP UP THE MORPHINE, IN THE AIR and LAY DOWN resonate in their new form, while the album also features their previously unreleased, violin-driven take on the Madonna classic BEAUTIFUL STRANGER.

The album is now available to pre-order from with BEAUTIFUL STRANGER, THE END and IN THE AIR provided as instant downloads. It will be released on double 180-gram vinyl, CD and digital formats.

DMA’S second album FOR NOW found the Sydney trio’s fan base swell with a rush of new devotees. It earned three ARIA Music Award nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release, while their growing status in the UK saw it reach #13 on the official album chart.

Completed by TOMMY O’DELL and MATT MASON, DMA’S formed in Sydney and released their self-titled EP in 2015. Their full-length debut, HILLS END, became their domestic breakthrough and saw it reach the Top 10 while the follow up, FOR NOW, expanded their profile across the globe.

Having previously played shows with LIAM GALLAGHER and THE KOOKS, DMA’S UK presence continues with two more performances next month as follows:


Sat 13 GLASGOW TRNSMT Festival

Sun 14 LONDON Citadel Festival | Main Stage

Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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