2017 triple j Unearthed winner, Hatchie opened with her hit ‘Try’ as the sold-out auditorium quickly filled up.
Sydney's DMA's with their six-piece touring party opened their SA campaign at Thebarton Theatre (2 June) with ‘Feels Like 37’ and the intensity in the room hit the high notes almost immediately, and from there it never let up.
Lead singer Tommy O’Dell’s preferred style is to simply stand and sing with his hands hanging relaxed at his sides, and occasionally stepping back from the microphone to dance and head bang along to the music. He didn’t make much effort to speak to the crowd, but despite that their overall stage presence was undeniable.
The volume and power in their songs, and in their delivery, made up for the otherwise awkward stage manner of their frontman.
Click here to read our review of DMA's Brisbane show 1 June, 2018.
Seamless transitions between every song allowed no time to breathe for vocalist Tommy, with ‘For Now’, ‘In The Air’, ‘Break Me’ and heavy hitter ‘Timeless’ bringing girls to boys shoulders and sending vibrations floating throughout the old-fashioned cornices above the mosh pit.
‘Step Up The Morphine’ mellowed out the crowd momentarily, before they pulled out what would definitely be labelled their biggest hit, ‘Delete’ from the 'Hills End' 2016 album, which received massive cheers from the audience and had everyone singing along.
Their triple j Like A Version cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’, which made it into the top 10 of the Hottest 100 for 2016, was sorely missed.
New hit, ‘Emily Whyte’ capped off the set and our Saturday night at the Thebby drew to a close, but there was no way they were going to be able to leave without coming back out onto the stage for an encore.
They returned and performed a further three songs, before finally concluding the show with ‘Hills End’ favourite ‘Lay Down’.