The Domestics Announce New Album “East Anglian Hardcore”

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Since forming in the summer of 2011, The Domestics now find themselves standard-bearers of what some have been calling East Anglian Hardcore. Fusing fast, aggressive hardcore punk, angry socio-political lyrics and catchy, shout-along choruses, they draw primarily on the US, Japanese and Swedish scenes, but with an unmistakable hint of their native UK in the raw tones of vocalist, James Domestic. Given the aforementioned tag, it seems entirely appropriate that their new studio album should simply be called East Anglian Hardcore, especially when it’s the most full-on record they’ve made to date. After the twelve minute No Life, and the downright strange Ideal, from recent-ish releases, the band are fully back to the hard ‘n’ fast stuff they made their name on.

The Domestics
Photography courtesy of Darren Clarke

Astonishingly, for a band generally thought of as being quite prolific, East Anglian Hardcore is their first full length studio album since 2017’s Cherry Blossom Life. The line-up that recorded Cherry Blossom Life has now been together for eight years and gigged all over Europe and released a live album, 2018’s Live in Oslo album. The result of all this time together is a band even faster, tighter and more powerful than before. East Anglian Hardcore is a brutal smash in the face. The complete distillation of everything they’ve done before but intensified in every respect. Twelve years in and they’re not mellowing one iota; quite the opposite in fact. As always, the lyrics can often be more thoughtful, and reflective than you might imagine, just going by the sonic approach. The album includes songs about domestic violence, hypocrisy, mental health issues, the rich buying silence with gagging orders, regret, the trials of paid work, notions of freedom, destruction of the self via toxic relationships and more.

The Domestics

East Anglian Hardcore will be released on the 29th June and is now available for pre-order via TNSrecords, Kibou Records, Cimex Records, Kangaroo Records & Boss Tuneage Records. The Domestics will be on tour throughout 2023, including appearances at Swinefest and Manchester Punk Festival.