DMA's Named On NME's List Of 'Ones To Watch' In 2016

7 January 2016 | 6:01 pm | Staff Writer

The Sydney outfit was previously named as the UK rag's 'buzz band of the week' back in 2014

Sydney-bred Britpop(pish) revivalists DMA's have made NME's list of 'ones to watch' in 2016, landing themselves next to the likes of Black Honey, Porches, Car Seat Headrest, Sheer Mag, She-Devils and more in the respected music rag's annual rundown of emergent artists likely to make an impact over the next 12 months.

The call comes just less than a year-and-a-half after NME tipped DMA's as their then-'buzz band of the week', once again referencing the now expected comparisons to acts such as Oasis (not at all helped by the group's aesthetic choices).

Oddly, the write-up describes DMA's as being the product of "the same scene that gave us DZ Deathrays", which at least partially betrays a woefully shallow understanding of the diversity and richness of the Australian musical landscape and its countless communities and counter-cultures. But, sure, in the national context, we guess it's the same, insofar as that both groups were created in Australia.

Pedantry aside, it's little surprise that the band has maintained NME's interest these past several months — they're steaming towards the imminent release of their debut full-length, Hills End, have a decent shot at entering the Hottest 100 with Lay Down, and are all primed and ready to hit the stage at Coachella alongside the likes of reformed titans such as LCD Soundsystem and Guns N' Roses. Not too shabby, really — and it's not even a full week into the year.

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Check the full list of NME's ones to watch in 2016 below (in the order presented by the mag).

  • Rat Boy
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Formation
  • Nao
  • Sheer Mag
  • Bugzy Malone
  • Lets Eat Grandma
  • Public Access TV
  • Elf Kid
  • Isaac Gracie
  • Pumarosa
  • Liss
  • Spring King
  • Whitney
  • Lapsley
  • She-Devils
  • Porches
  • Yung
  • The Big Moon
  • Downtown Boys
  • DMA's
  • Black Honey
  • Pixx
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • LUH