DM3 - THE BEST OF
Tracklisting - Side 1:
- One Time Two Times Devastated (D Mariani) *
- Foolish (D Mariani) *
- Can't Get What You Want (D Mariani / D Mather) **
- Up In The Air (D Mariani) *
- Soultop (D Mariani) **
- Just Like Nancy (D Mariani) *****
- Second Floor (D Mariani) **
Tracklisting - Side 2:
- Far From Here (D Mariani) *
- TV Sound (D Mariani / D Mather) **
- Anyway That You Like (D Mariani) ***
- Hold On (D Mariani) ****
- Show You (D Mariani) **
- Lure (D Mariani) ***
- Take It All (D Mariani) *****
* from the album One Time Two Times Three Red Light
** from the album Road to Rome
***- from the album Rippled Soul
**** from the album Garage Sale
***** from the album Garage Sale Vol 2. - Italian Style
Press release:DM3 formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1992 around the songwriting talents of Dom Mariani, but the DM3 story really began a decade earlier with a seminal rock/pop band that emerged from Perth, the world's most isolated capital city. They were the Stems.
From 1984 to 1987 The Stems, with Mariani at the helm as singer, songwriter and lead guitarist, rapidly infiltrated Australian radio, press and alternative charts, winning the hearts of critics and a legion of loyal fans. A quick succession of classic singles and a chart-topping album, At First Sight, generated interest from as far afield as Europe and the United States. Then, The Stems almost as fast as they appeared, disbanded sealing their legend in the annals of Australian music history.
Soon after the demise of The Stems Mariani resurfaced with The Someloves whose first and only album, Something or Other, was lauded by pop pundits as a masterpiece and won a landslide of accolades including a clean sweep of the 1990 WA Music Industry Awards.
DM3's debut single Foolish saw Mariani back on Australian stages with another loud, tight, electric rock'n'roll outfit. Their first album One Time Two Times Three Red Light (1993) mixed by legendary American producer Mitch Easter (REM, Pavement, Son Volt, Lets Active, Velvet Crush) received widespread critical acclaim and sold throughout Australia, Europe and the US. What followed were tours of Europe in '94 and '95 taking in Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Denmark's world-renowned Roskilde Festival.
In 1996, DM3 released their second album Road To Rome (also mixed by Mitch Easter) praised by critics of guitar-driven pop in Australia, Europe and the US as one of the best albums for '96 of its genre. Their fusion of melodic pop hooks, cool vocals and high-energy rock'n'roll guitar earned them high praise and many new fans. In the same year they embarked on another successful European tour playing to packed houses across Spain, France and Scandinavia.
1998 saw the release of their third and final album, Rippled Soul, which was a more diversely structured album recorded over a three separate sessions in a 12-month period which saw the introduction of Mariani's former Stems colleague Julian Matthews on bass. The album was also well received by fans and critics alike in Australia, Europe and US.
DM3 released two more albums, an EP and 7inch single. The two albums, titled Garage Sale Vol. 1 and Garage Sale Vol. 2 - Italian Style, are collections of previously unreleased tracks, non-album b-sides, alternate mixes, odd covers and live songs previously only available on 7 inches. The Just Like Nancy EP which was eventually compiled into Garage Sale Vol. 2 and the Snapshot single for Freshwater Records are their last recordings.
The band continued to tour Spain and France in '99 and disbanded shortly after. In 2001 they reformed briefly to tour Italy as part of their appearance on the Gene Gnocchi show Perepepe. DM3 made their mark on the international power pop scene with three official albums. They are revered by fans and critics alike and are possibly the best power pop band Australia has produced!
DM3 reformed in 2010 at the invitation to play the Purple Festival in Lyon, Spain. The reunion has since led to appearances at the SxSW festival in Austin and a Spanish tour. June 2013 will see them do a limited number of shows in Italy, France and Spain.
Review sound bites"Huge guitars, cracking drums, killer harmonies and insanely catchy tunes. Everything that made me first love rock and roll is here and more." The Big Takeover (US)
"Based on this disc (Road To Rome) and his other recorded output, DM3's Dom Mariani (late of the just-as wonderful Aussie combos the Someloves and the Stems) must be considered one of the top 5 pop titans of the past decade or so. Brilliant." Goldmine (US)
"Dom Mariani has garnered more respect and admiration than any other power-pop musician outside of the United States." Yellow Pills (US)
"Dom Mariani has a rich history in pop music, and over time has become associated with the Australian pop music scene and it maybe a well worn cliche, but Power Pop 'doesn't get any better than this'." Popsided (US)
"Dazzling guitars, delicious melodies and hooks, hooks, hooks are the order of the day." The Trouser Press Guide To '90s Rock
"So what's the bottom line here? Well, Road to Rome is another flat-out killer from Dom Mariani and his cohorts. It's beefy guitar sound takes it out of the realm of simply being a great power pop album; this is great rock and roll period." Audities (US)
"Dom Mariani still sets the benchmark. Tight, powerful, cool, catchy and clear as a transparent bell." Revue - The West Australian (AU)
"Soultop - all three cuts are crammed with the kind of melodic hooks a Tin Pan Alley writer would sell his blind grandma for, and they've got a real in-your-face ballsiness that'd make even members of the KISS army stand up and salute." The Bob (US)
"In all it's a perfect combination of sizzling guitars, pop dripping vocals and snappy inoffensive back beats wrapped around the most edibly, infectious of melodies... and isn't that what true pop is meant to be all about." The Drum Media (AU)
"For me the magic 'ingredient' is Mariani's guitar playing - loaded with sex, drama, comedy and quite often a good cigar later on." Revue - The West Australian (AU)