“the D.A. (local band, lotsa disco beats, trumpet, general kick-assery – they’ve killed it twice at Suck and Blow and have a show at McKelligon Canyon on Sept. 26). Check them out now, send thank-you note later.”
“One thing that awes me about The DA – which hit me as I watched their opening set for the Royal Bangs at The Garage Tequila Bar on Monday – is the diversity of their 10-song-strong set list. Some songs made the crowd dance. Others were melodic. One reminded me of Wolf Parade or Sunset Rubdown. With each new selection it almost sounded like a completely different band, except for the common threads of Tyler D.’s voice and the recurring presence of trumpet and disco drum beats. What sounded like a vague nebula of awesomeness at the first two DA shows I attended is emerging as a collection of distinct songs, sturdy as redwoods.”
“This passed thursday I was able to check out THE DA for the second time in less then a week over at Cincinnati Bar, and they did not disappoint. With the release of their latest 4 song EP entitled “Thank God for Aluminum” and their SXSW showcase coming up very soon it seems that their set was tighter then ever. One thing I loved the most were the subtle transitions between songs. Party didn’t stop for a breather. There were times that infectious dance floor rhythms seamlessly blended into another sublime beat. For those who are just getting turned onto this band its safe to say their music is flat out fun. To me the biggest thing that should stand out in their sound to first time listeners of THE DA is the texture added by their trumpet player. Add some mean synthesizer , disco friendly guitar rhythms and pumping beats and you got some shit you can move your ass to!!!”
" They've got a great sound, and great lyrics that give the sonic landscapes they create some substance. They just got done with a midwest tour. They recorded their newest E.P. at a little place called the Sonic Ranch. When I say little I'm joking, because it's probably the largest recording complex in the United States. The lucky bastards were able to record on the same Neve console that Motown records and later, Madonna used. Check out their E.P! It's a pretty awesome Post Punk/Dance Rock record, and I haven't stopped listening to it."
“Thank God for Aluminum,” the debut EP by local band the D.A., is a true revelation.The quintet has been around in various formations for three years, but only recently have they congealed and stepped things up with regular shows. The four-song disc, recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios with producer Manuel Calderon, shows a band on the cusp of something great. The tracks represent a fine sampling of the D.A.’s weird amalgam of indie rock and New Wave. The danceable “big woman” chugs with propulsive energy in a forward-moving battle between trumpet and drums. “Halfwords Mix,” with its chorus about “bad dreams and dirty sheets,” twangs with Modest Mouse-like melancholy. The remaining songs, the scrappy “Orange and Black” and the busy, pretty “Pheromones,” showcase the band’s well-crafted balance of shimmering synths, squiggling guitars and the occasional, cathartic vocal bark. The EP, so named because recycling cans paid for most of the recording expenses."”