The second album from Perth's DM3 set the stage for their acceptance into Europe where they have built a fan base that totally eclipses that of Australia. Again Dom Mariani shows that he is one of the world's great writers of power pop music.
Dom Mariani - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pascal Bartolone - Drums
Toni Italiano - Bass & Backing Vocals
Iain Campbell - Backing Vocals & Guitar track 7
Bob Patient - Hammond Organ tracks 7, 8, 9, 10
Mitch Easter - Strings on track 6
Produced by DM Three & Mitch Easter
Engineered by Toni Italiano, Ben Glatzer, Mitch Easter
Recorded at Pet Rock and Revolver Studios, Perth
Mixed by Mitch Easter
except * John Villani & ** Ben Glatzer
Additional recording at Brickhenge Studios, North Carolina
If, somehow, you were misled or weren't aware that DM3 are indeed one of Australia's musical treasures, you can stop cowering in embarrassment now and cast your eyes and ears on the feast of fabness that is their second album, Road To Rome.
Recorded in Perth at Pet Rock and Revolver Studios as the year 1995 unfolded, Road To Rome features the core trio of DM3 with the augmented guest talents of guitarist Ian Campbell and keyboard player Bob Patient complimenting these soon to be classic pop tunes from the purple pen of Dom Mariani. At home in North Carolina famed producer/engineer Mitch Easter once again manned the controls come mixing time in his Brickhenge Studio.
Mariani's classic love of true pop tunes and his ability to write better ones has seen him emerge as one of the genre's most respected songsmiths. With the help of bass player Tony Italiano and drummer Pascal Bartolone, Road To Rome is a more upfront sounding release than DM3's 1994 debut One Times, Two Times Three Red Light. The guitars bump and grind but the delicious pop mastery is still there in abundance.
Now stop reading this and make two piles on your desk. One with all the other cds you have received today and other with Road To Rome on its own. This is the one you're about to put in your player. Now let you pop sensibilities roam, because all roads lead to DM3.
Can't Get What You Want: A frenetic opener that talks about what you want but delivers what you need. Road To Rome's rawer, vibrant atmosphere is encapsulated immediately in this first track that trials off into a reflective yet rambunctious outro.
Please Don't Lie: A moody yet translucent outing showcasing Mariani in finger pointing mood (totally justified of course). The simplest of tasty hooks provides an interesting counter to the acoustic based bridge. The energy takes over in the end.
Speed Freak: A song titled Speed Freak in the hands of lesser acts would no doubt send one hand to the eject button and the other to a different cd, but this rouge sounding title of this song belies the ingenious pop hat is DM3 stamp. A lilting number, weaving its own seductive way with a gorgeous guitar crunch. Do you want to go that far. Yes Please.
Second Floor: Prime Mariani - heartstring tugging pop with a powerful touch.
Pleaze You: Just what does a guy have to do to do the right thing? The endless question poised within a sea of lulling harmonies and juicy guitar.
I Thought That You Were Foolin': A Beatlesque outing for DM3. Slow, driving and getting to the heart of the matter regarding matters of the heart. Searching and soul driven it is Road To Rome's central mood swing. We can wax on and on here but the truth of it is this track's a classic
Show You: Staying with the previous tracks oeuvre, Show You is a downbeat yet strangely uplifting piece of music. A moment of gentle respite.
Dead Stars: Beware the Ides Of March? Look out for Bob Patient's groovy keyboards would be more accurate. An infectious track that also shows off the Italiano/Bartolone rhythm section to its tightest and most thrilling extent. Lap it up.
Something Heavy: A sombre outing for DM3, but one that is just as catchy as any of the band's most upbeat and poptastic moments. The lead track of DM3's last EP release, the tune is already cemented in the minds of pop fans all over Australia and Europe.
Soultop: Mariani and Co hold nothing back in this strutting popfest where the lyrical mood is dark but the delivery is incredibly upbeat. Arguably Road To Rome's most gregarious moment, the track's weaving climax is worth the price of entry alone.
Fairweather Friend: Co-written with one time Boys songwriter and Jackal's frontman Paul McArthy, this forlorn rocker also features some head spinning guitar work from Mariani.
TV Sound: A fittingly infectious and upbeat closure to this great pop band's most inspired work thus far.