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"The Domestics' lead singer, Alina Moscovitz, will probably never escape easy comparison to No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, but with jumpy pop-punk tunes like "Anorexic Love Song", Moscovitz makes it clear she's in it for the irony." - Time Out NY


At last, the Domestics have an album. The Domestics don't record enough. The Domestics don't play enough. The Domestics just aren't around enough -- not for my tastes. One thing they certainly are, though, is pop enough. The abundance of hooks, riffs, and vocal tricks prove Alina Moscovitz's pop sensibilities. The songs shimmer, they startle, and they stay in your head weeks after you hear them. The ska intro to "Tightrope Walker" will simply not leave me be, nor will the exciting drum roll that follows. Almost every single part of every single one of the four songs on Tight Spot is from some alternative plane of existence where power pop reigns supreme.

There is something clean, almost pristine, in the songwriting of Moscovitz, leader of the Domestics. Sometimes, I wonder if maybe the songs aren't too slick, too professional. In her old group, Bionic Finger, her songs were always smart, the sleekest in the set, and on the album -- well, she stood out. But then, she was only one singer/songwriter in a group of alternative-minded post-grrl rockers. In that context, taking song craft seriously was a pleasant way to stand out. Now that Moscovitz heads her own project as the sole writer for the Domestics, the question running through my head is: How much pop is too much pop?

Tight Spot responds loud and clear: Too much is never enough. Smart, rocking, sexy, and vaguely feminist, the bite-sized portions of the release (no cut over four minutes, most under three) are immediately accessible and quite tasty. There are hooks a plenty, from the first chorus of "Anorexic Love Song" to the final multiple voices blasting out "get this far" at the end of "Fire Hazard." It's a glorious document, far too small for my satisfaction. - Boog City Reader


"Even more than fellow Bionic Finger spin-offs Schwervon and the Trouble Dolls, the local lady-led Domestics stay true to BF's bubbly rrriot-pop ethos. Their excitable new Tight Spot EP is full of tightropes, fire hazards, and fuzzy tunes." - Village Voice


Discography

Tight Spot EP 2004.
Self Titled EP 2006.
Have licensed tracks to Warped Tour CD Compilation, X-Girls DVD and The D Word.
Receiving airplay for "Girl I Never Kissed" and "Let It Go" on local radio and internet staions.

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Bio

The Domestics are a a potent combination of blazing pop-punk energy, sickeningly catchy hooks, and lyrics that have a sharp wit and intelligence seldom heard inside of a three minute song.

Set up as a duo in 2002, the band originally consisted of Alina Moscovitz on guitar and vocals and Eric Shaw on drums and backing vocals. Born behind the Iron Curtain and brought to New York from Russia with love, Alina wrote simple power pop tunes and Eric completed the arrangements by adding his signature beats. In late 2003, however, the songs took over and demanded some balls. This is when Evan Silverman (ex-Rosenbergs) stepped in on bass guitar to create a new sound layered with overlapping rhythms and three-part harmonies.
With influences ranging from Blondie, West coast pop-punk, Old 97s, disco-era Kiss and The Muffs, The Domestics turn barely controlled chaos into ear candy.

The Domestics have licensed tracks from their 2004 EP Tight Spot for various compilations and DVD sountracks, as well as written the theme song to The D Word, an independent film.

A new self titled EP is hot off the presses as of November 2006.