|The Domestics - 'Keep It Lean' (Dusty Curtain Face Records/Kibou Records)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Saturday, 19 May 2012 04:15|
Not to be confused with the Americans who go by the same name and knock out pop music, this bunch like to tune down those guitars, get in a phone box and record some right fucked off, in yer face crusty punk. The Domestics leave nothing to the imagination and go straight for the jugular like GBH and the Exploited never existed. It's fast, its furious, it's angry and it's a right old racket.
I'm happy to get in the van and down with the crusts and love some hardcore bands like Off!, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat and Agnostic Front and have the Exploited albums as well as the odd Discharge opus, but a lot of this kind of music tends to go a bit...um...whoosh over my head unless it's absolutely outstanding these days, but don't take that as a negative, well not a total negative.
'Jimmy's Got A War (Inside His Head)' is a great blast of punk and in parts has the same energy as some UK Subs stuff. In fact the album definitely picks up after the opening few tracks which are wholly generic of this genre and bring nothing to the table, but 'Machines' is a good bit of Oi Oi Oi stompin' punk.
Maybe I'm just too much of a contented happy bunny whilst reviewing this one and I need to get a bit of a face on and then I'd be more in tune with the energy and anger of which there is an abundance of, that's for sure.
Had this, perhaps, been trimmed down to a ten track album and the weaker songs taken out it would have caught my attention more but hey, it's just one man's opinion and if you want to hear the best of these boys then I would definitely recommend checking out 'Nothing Factory' which is a great song.
Fuck it, just get to the last three songs and crank it up and you'll have a whale of a time - shame the rest isn't of the same high standard as these. Noisy bar-stewards that they are, keep on keeping on I say and no doubt they love what they play and couldn't give a fuck what anyone else thinks and good on 'em for that. Maybe in a month's time I'll come back to this slab of heavy angry hardcore and dig the bones off of it but at the moment I'm sat wobbling on this fence.