If you’ve had any interest in UK hardcore/punk over the past decade you’ll probably know James from many bands: THE DOMESTICS, who have blazed across Europe several times, plus PI$$ER, TOKYO LUNGS, and half a dozen others. This, however, is a very different beast.
Material produced under the JAMES DOMESTIC banner blends post-punk, Krautrock, psychedelia, soul, funk, reggae, and punk, frequently utilising repetition as a bedrock for hook-laden gems. James nestles in that nook of singular British pop where MADNESS, IAN and BAXTER DURY, MARK E. SMITH, KEVIN ROWLAND, IVOR CUTLER, ROOTS MANUVA, BILLY CHILDISH, JOHN COOPER CLARKE, JONA LEWIE, ANDY PARTRIDGE, ROBERT WYATT, and SLEAFORD MODS reside. Add some KING TUBBY, FLIPPER and ESG, and you’re probably pressing your nose against the right window.