What the reviewers said...
“You should write about what you know. THE DOMESTICS hit the nail on the head when they’re singing about their shitty jobs, shit. Small town life, and the shit involved with getting older. I look forward to each frantic, bile-drenched release, and the six explosive tracks of Brutal Regimes sit well in their burgeoning back catalogue. I Love my Job is the first hardcore song with the expressions “staff appraisal” and “swipecard entry system”, and gets me fucking angry. You’re Fucking Dead is a kick in the bollocks to nostalgia. You cannot go wrong with THE DOMESTICS” (CUBESVILLE)
“Another monster of a release from these cats. Mid-tempo, zippy and terminally pissed off, they cover all bases and will peel the paint off your walls if you accidentally aim the speakers at the wall. If you’re still listening to those old, worn out DISCHARGE records and lamenting having missed some mythical era thirty-odd years back, believe me when I say you’re seriously missing the fuck out.” (RAZORCAKE)
“A rad, older-style hardcore record from these Suffolk, England vets. Catchy, ripping tunes, a lack of metal influence. And cool, appropriately hateful lyrics – “I spit on your flag / and you can spit on mine”. They mostly blast through, but You’re Fucking Dead is a bouncy banger. Kanagaroo wins again.” (MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL)
“Second full EP from this raucous HC five-piece from my old home county of Suffolk, England. Have to say too, it’s the most impressive thing I’ve heard the band do. The production is crisper and more cutting, the songs retain that bludgeoning, hardcore blur but now come across as more focused and more damaging while the actual performance of all the players just sounds tighter, more controlled and more effective. I also kept hearing a clear nod to early CONFLICT in a lot of these songs, which is no bad thing in my book. Of the six tracks (pressed on a lovely clear vinyl 7") it’s opener ‘I Love My Job’ (and fuck me, that DOES sound like my job!!), ‘Into the Light’ and, in particular, the title track that standout. The title track alone represents all I have mentioned here; it’s a caustic yet intelligent comment on regimes throughout the world and is delivered with barbarous, throat-slashing intensity and precision. Easily the jewel in the band’s already impressive catalogue. Lyric sheet and download code included too. How ya gonna top this one fellas??” (SCANNER ‘ZINE) www.scannerzine.com/topsoundsd2015.htm
“Six new tracks from one of the UK’s finest punk bands, and as we’ve come to expect, everyone’s a winner. Carrying on from their last LP, this EP really packs a punch as they rage against the world’s ills and, as ever, their good lyrics are accompanied by plenty of energy, commitment and anger. This has pretty much all I want from a punk record” (SUSPECT DEVICE)
“Snotty, obnoxious punk rock played at amphetamine speed with a part two-fingers in the air, part political message. Raw is definitely the word and they seem to have found a sound engineer who understands that punk rock requires everything to be loud and pushed into the red. The combination of distorted shouty shouty vocals and raw fast chaotic punk rock transports me back to the mid-late 80s and the likes of CHAOS UK and RIPCORD, maybe even a bit of HERESY in the bass and drums department. There’s probably a BLACK FLAG influence in there with some of the guitar but this is very British sounding and very punk.
Each side has 2 short sharp numbers followed by a relatively long one – long for THE DOMESTICS meaning it clocks in at 2 minutes. Brutal Regimes uses the extra minute for a breakdown that conjures up CONFLICT from the Final Conflict LP era in the playing and overall sound which is something I noticed on a few of the other tracks. Into The Light has some stand out crazy guitar work that surely has a Japanese HC or POISON IDEA influence. As for the short songs, You’re Fucking Dead has to be the best song title in a while and the estuary East Anglian “Facking Dead” gives off proper menace. What do you think of work? I Love my Job is THE DOMESTICS’ sarcastic response!
The record is a joint release between European label Kangaroo Records and singer James’ label, Kibou Records. It comes in 2 colours – clear (400) and silver (100). All come with a download code. At the risk of writing a review longer than some of the songs, I’ll conclude by saying it’s a rager.” (LOUDER THAN WAR) louderthanwar.com/domestics-brutal-regimes-ep-review/