Dom Mariani & DM3
Formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1992 around the songwriting talents of Dom Mariani.
But DM3’s story really begins over a decade beforehand, with the most seminal rock band to emerge from the world’s most isolated capital (Perth); THE STEMS.
From 1984 to 1987 THE STEMS with Mariani at the helm as singer, songwriter and lead guitarist steadily infiltrated Australian radio, press and alternative charts, winning the hearts of critics and a legion of loyal fans. A succession of classic singles and a chart topping LP “At First Sight” stirred interest as far afield as Europe and the US. Then THE STEMS disappeared, sealing their legend for all time.
Soon after the demise of THE STEMS Dom Mariani would resurface with THE SOMELOVES who’s first and only LP “Something or Other”, was lauded as minor pop masterpiece and won a landslide of accolades and a clean sweep of the 1990 WA Music Industry Awards.
DM3’s debut single “FOOLISH” saw Dom back on Australian stages with another loud, tight, electric rock‘n‘roll outfit. Their first LP “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 and was followed
by European tours in ‘94 and ‘95 covering Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Denmark’s world renowned Roskilde Festival.
In 1996 DM3 released their second LP “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 it’s 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 3rd and final album “RIPPLED SOUL”. A more diversely structured album recorded over a 3 separate sessions in a 12 month period and introducing Dom’s former Stems colleague Julian Matthews on Bass. The album was also well received by fans and critics alike in Australia, Europe and US.
The band also released 2 more albums, an EP and 7inch single. The 2 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, live and songs previously only available on 7 inches. The Just Like Nancy EP which was eventually compiled onto 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 their 3 official albums and 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 Leon, Spain. The reunion has since led to appearances at this years SxSW festival in Austin and 6 date tour of Spain.
DM3 are set to tour again in 2013 with original drummer Pascal Bartolone and new bassist Ashley Naylor (Even, Paul Kelly). A 2 week tour will of Italy, France and Spain will kick off in the first week of June> The tour will promote the new ‘LIVE in DENMARK” album recorded at the Roskilde Festival and a new “Best of DM3’ which will only be available on vinyl.