newton dominey

newton dominey


indie rock with singer songwriter sensibility and an "elvis costello meets the clash" determination


I didnt exactly grow up in a period of musical renaissance, so Im still trying to unlearn a lot of what I spent my time listening to as a kid. Growing up I listened to what any kid in the 80s listened to your typical MTV experience. My older cousins helped me a little by letting me hang out with them and listen to stuff like New Order, Depeche Mode, a great band from Texas called the Judys.
My mom was a teacher, played the piano and was fan of early rock & roll stuff. (Beatles, Elvis, Ricky Nelson, etc) She also worked for The Oil Palace, a big concert hall, and brought all kinds of music acts into town. I saw them all good and bad as a kid. Dad played guitar and was a fan of surf music - The Beach Boys, Del Shannon, some of the instrumental songs and stuff that was a little more dangerous. After he retired as an oil rig foreman, he became a Baptist minister.

Later when I moved to Tennessee, I started listening to different music, bands like REM, the Judybats and The Indigo Girls - mostly late 80s/early 90s college rock stuff. I discovered The Jayhawks and Matthew Ryan, and bands like Wilco and Son Volt. From there I continued going backwards, rediscovering The Beach Boys, learning about The Replacements, Big Star, Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons - all the guys who influenced the music I was really digging on.

I guess you could say the same thing about the way I approach my music. I try to find what attracts me to the music that I get off on, and then search one level back of that to the artist or music or thing that influenced that sound or that decision that is affecting me. I try to continually work backward and outwards in creating music. I always find that Im asking myself, what is it about these lyrics that wreck me?, or, why does the song do that here? I try to approach songs from that spot, so Im always looking one level back. One of the places my backward progression has taken me in the past few years is into the genius of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello & the clash. Ive really been amazed by the fearlessness in which they approached or, in The Boss & Costellos case, approach music. By constantly redefining and reinventing themselves, they redefined a genre and, I think, a generation. Musically, all three come from very similar places so, to me, the interesting point is what direction they went from that place.

Music is very visual to me. I hear music as colors and images. I try to write songs that are visual a hand brushing another hand subconsciously. I try to write songs that give me the feeling I get when Im affected by a particular image or scene that I see whether I see it in real life or make it up in my head to give me something to write towards. But I also try to write music thats visual. What color does this sound like? Does it sound like something that coincides with the colors I see in my head? It sound crazy, but you cant crate a blue song using red sounds just like you cant create a warm scene using cold lights.

Music didnt become something that was a real or serious goal until I started writing my own stuff (does anyone really take music seriously just playing in cover bands?). Once I started writing my own songs it definitely took a turn for the serious. Its a totally different feeling having people clap or yell for a song that you played well. Its another thing entirely when that song is one that you created. So I continue to work backwards and outwards. I pretty much just want to be able to make a nickel doing what I love to do.


stupid mouth

Written By: newton dominey

watching you thru the window
watching you thru the door
trying to know your secret
i'm trying to know the score

nothing ever changes
everything stays the same
i'm the boy you've always known
& you're the girl who everyone wants to be
everyone wants to be

singing in all the nite clubs
singing in all the bars
showing off for strangers
& sleeping in the back of the car

i wish i was there beside you
i wish you were here with me
but if wishes were horses beggars would ride
i'd ride all nite 'cause you're all i want to see
everyone wants to be

i wish i was there right now
instead of sleeping alone tonite
and if it wasn't for my stupid mouth i'd tell you
you're everything

nothing ever changes
everything stays the same
i'm the boy you've always known
& you're the girl who everyone wants to be
everyone wants to be


heater - 6 song ep. available through itunes, rhapsody, cdbaby, sony connect,; currently being played at, some local airplay.
good morning sunshine - 10 song lp, release date tba; currently being played at

Set List

depending on the set & venue, i'll play some or all of the following in differing orders:
13 street lights
we r a symphony
all i need tonite
she disappears
maybe tomorrow
stupid mouth
rock and roll
incident on 57th street (springsteen)
thirteen (big star)
i'm into something good (herman's hermits)
love and mercy (brian wilson)
peace love and understanding (elvis costello)
radio, radio (elvis costello)