If you’ve had any interest in the UK hardcore scene over the past decade you may know JAMES DOMESTIC from many bands. These include THE DOMESTICS, who have blazed a trail across Europe several times (see the Live in Oslo LP from 2018), plus PI$$ER, TOKYO LUNGS, HAZARD PROFILE, and half a dozen more.
This, however, is a very different beast.
Renaissance man? Perpetual dabbler? He’s a published poet, holds a doctorate (after leaving school with no more than a solitary A.S. Level and a deep mistrust of authority figures), writes three songs a day (“I’ll write three in my head, forget one, demo two, and throw one of those away ‘cos it’ll be crap…the third one will be great though!”), published academic, soul/reggae DJ, producer, and originator of the cult term ‘East Anglian Hardcore’, emblazoned on many young punks in the region (and beyond) in tattoo or t-shirt form.
Material produced under the JAMES DOMESTIC banner blends post-punk, Krautrock, psychedelia, soul, funk, reggae, and his hardcore roots. JAMES DOMESTIC nestles in that nook of singular British pop music where MADNESS, IAN and BAXTER DURY, MARK E. SMITH, KEVIN ROWLAND, ROOTS MANUVA, BILLY CHILDISH, ANDY PARTRIDGE, JONA LEWIE, VIC GODARD and SLEAFORD MODS reside. Throw in some KING TUBBY, CAN, and ESG, and you’re probably pressing your nose against the right window.
‘Faze Out’ is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming Carrion Repeating album. A sweep of zippy electroids give way to a creeping, psycho organ riff, fuzz-guitar and bouncing bass, only to drop suddenly for the vocal, and then build again via swirls of angry synths and slashes of punked-up guitar, into the chorus, and back to that lurching organ…and the template has been set for this bruiser of a tune.
Released on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe), ‘Faze Out’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual platforms.