The Domestics – Live from the Banana Stand will be available from our online store and all finer digital retailers on Friday, June 10th.
Go see The Domestics on their upcoming West Coast Tour! Dates:
6/17 – Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA
6/18 – TBA, San Francisco, CA
6/19 – Hifi Music Hall, Eugene, OR
6/30 – Barboza, Seattle, WA
Number two in the voting, number one in our hearts.
A couple summers ago, when I first heard Michael Finn’s and Leo London’s album, I could not have been more impressed. What became The Domestics self-titled debut was eminently listenable and provocative yet familiar. Of course, it also was brilliantly produced, with beautiful orchestration and masterful engineering.
I loved it immediately and entirely, from the winsome, bittersweet opening chords of American Drag to the cathartic close of What A Life. It is a phenomenal debut record. I have listened to it ever since.
Later, when I caught one of the band’s earliest performances, I was just as excited about the performers who had joined the Finn and London. With Kyle Moderhak (drums), Matt Moore (bass), and Brad Norton (keys), The Domestics’ live line-up brought vital new energy to the band’s material. They quickly became one of my favorite shows in town. I remain impressed that they are so consistently excellent and tight, especially as a still relatively new, young band.
It’s also exciting to see that The Domestics’ obvious talent has already turned some important heads. In just a couple years, they have earned a national tour with Blitzen Trapper, a relationship with The Billions Corporation, a place on Tender Loving Empire’s roster, and the #2 slot in Willamette Week’s influential Best New Band poll in 2015. Those in-the-know seem to expect that their forthcoming second album, produced by the esteemed Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists), to take them even further.
The Domestics are a tight, smart, stable, hard-working, good-looking group of guys making excellent, approachable, modern-American rock songs. They are without question one of the most promising young bands in Portland. It seems like they have everything that larger labels and agencies could want.
For my part, I could not have been more delighted that we were able to host them for Banana Stand’s 100th show. The Domestics are one of my very favorite bands and some of my very favorite people. The album they made with is absolutely one of the best we’ve ever released.
I dearly hope that The Domestics get the get the attention they so richly deserve — not just because they’re my friends, but because they are in all the ways some of the very best of what Portland has to offer.
If they keep at it as they have been, they just might.
The Domestics – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on April 11th, 2015 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded by Tim Shrout, mixed by Michael Finn, and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography from Banana Stand staff. Videos of The Domestics’s performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Marie Sullivan, Tyler Bertram, and Alexei Shiskin, and were directed and edited by Tyler Bertram. Banana Stand thanks The Domestics (Michael, Leo, Kyle, Matt, and Brad), all who participated in this album’s creation, and anyone that has helped us out along the way.
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