DMA’s take out #1 spot in triple j’s Like A Version Hottest 100

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DMA’s take out #1 spot in triple j’s Like A Version Hottest 100

Credit Kalpesh Lathigra
Words by Staff Writer

Like A Version is some of Triple J’s most popular content, with artists paying homage to their influences with a cover live in the studio every Friday.

Having been a staple of the rotation for sometime, the inaugural Hottest 100 Of Like A Version were named, before DMA’s took out the top spot with their cover of Cher’s “Believe” from 2016.

It marks a massive accolade for the Sydney band, following seven years of ‘Believe’ finding its way into the hearts of countless fans around the world.

“Thanks for the support for this cover. We never thought going into triple j it would get this kind of love – can’t wait to sing it all with you soon,” the band said.

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DMA’s are a three-piece rock band from Eora. Johnny Took, Matthew Mason and Tommy O’Dell make up the band, melding rock, pop and a list of other influences into their own unique sound.

DMA’S covered ‘Believe’ for triple j Like A Version back in 2016 and while “Believe” was sonically fitting for the band, DMA’s still managed to put their own spin on the song. The pounding club beats and synthesised sound of the original gave way to a pair of acoustic guitars in the DMA’s cover, while Tommy’s vocal was intimate, reverberant and forward, giving the song push and pull.

The guitars, with spacious leads from Matthew Mason, completed the arrangement, pushing the music in and out of of focus to make way for the lead vocal.

In the years since its release, the track has reached an iconic status in popular culture – amassing a whopping 12.5M streams on YouTube, and reaching 2x ARIA Platinum status in Australia, with over 40.5M streams on Spotify alone.

In September/October, the band will embark on their biggest Australian tour to date, playing a massive 18 shows across 16 cities and towns including a sold-out show at the Torquay Hotel on 29 September.

Read and watch more about DMA’s cover here.