Domestica, 'Domestica 3'
Jon Taylor sings. That’s the first major takeaway from “Domestica 3,” the third EP from the hard rocking veteran Lincoln punk trio.
Appropriately stepping to the microphone in place of his wife, bassist Heidi Ore, on “Late Bloomer,” guitarist Taylor delivers the lyrics in a high reedy voice that gives the sound a different shade, with Ore harmonizing rather than supplying her powerful soaring lead on the song about survival that reveals a hooky pop core.
In fact, there’s more lyrical pop in the six songs here than on previous recordings by Domestica and Mercy Rule, Ore and Taylor’s '90s band.
The duo hasn’t abandoned its tough Midwestern rock -- the jagged “Monday” could fit on any of the earlier albums and EPs. But Taylor and Ore’s sound is becoming more open expansive, with Taylor even coming close to soloing on “So Hard” and again singing on the catchy “More” and '70s punkish "Got It Right."
The third, and newest member of the Domestica is drummer Pawl Tisdale, another Lincoln music scene vet, who is perfectly matched with Taylor and Ore, providing complex, propulsive percussion. That adds yet another enriching layer of sound of “Domestica 3,” a recording on which Domestica takes an impressive step forward while rocking as hard as ever.
Domestica will release “Domestica 3” Friday night at a free show at Plowshares Brewing Co. where it will be joined by Dirty Talker, which is also releasing an album that will be reviewed in upcoming weeks. Grade: A
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