The Domestics – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – January 30th, 2019

The Domestics

Folk-rock and power-pop sounds from one of Portland's finest, releasing new single "Inside My Mind"

The Domestics

Erica Blinn, Kasey Anderson

Wed, January 30, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8 ADV / $10 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

The Domestics
The Domestics
What separates The Domestics from the escapism of so many other indie pop acts is the fearlessness with which Michael Finn and Leo London confront their own pain. London’s birth parents both battled with drug addiction in his early childhood before he was adopted by his grandparents at the age of two. Finn’s trials came later on, struggling with health issues, depression and dependency in his early adult years. Writing in the aftermath of infidelity, mental illness, substance abuse and child abuse, Finn and London have wrought songs as moving as they are catchy and as honest as they are loud. What The Domestics provide that so many other bands do not is something which all listeners can relate to: vulnerability.

Long before they decided to join forces as The Domestics, Finn and London each spent years honing their craft as individual songwriters. After moving to Portland in the summer of 2013 after over a decade of writing and performing under his own name in Eugene, London found himself tracking piano for Finn at Flora Recording and Playback, studio of Grammy-Nominated producer Tucker Martine where Finn works as an assistant engineer alongside artists like My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case, and Sufjan Stevens. This first studio collaboration began a relationship which would eventually lead to the combination of Finn and London’s respective solo projects and to the recording of their first record over 15 days in the spring of 2014.

Less than a year after assembling a live band, The Domestics have triumphantly emerged as one of Portland’s most promising new acts. Their energetic live shows, as well as the strength of their forthcoming debut record have garnered them a dedicated fan base and maelstrom of critical attention.

The Domestics are: Michael Finn, Leo London, Kyle Moderhak, Matt Moore, and Brad Norton.
Erica Blinn
“Nashville by way of Columbus, Ohio rocker Blinn settles into a steady rock groove on her latest release. The hooks that have always anchored her songs are as strong as ever, bursting with an infectious spirit. ” - Mayer Danzig, Twangville

Armed with an abused Telecaster, a belt of harmonicas, a new record titled Better Than Gold, she has no plans to stop crisscrossing the USA anytime soon. 2018's Better Than Gold is the product of a woman who is smarter and stronger than she ever has been. Some of the songs were written alone, in her room, on her porch, or in her kitchen. Produced, engineered and mixed by longtime friend and fan Mike Landolt (O.A.R, Maroon 5).

The first single, "Softer Side", is an upbeat soul-rock number co-written with Will Newsome. "Dance With The One (Who Brought You Here)" came from an afternoon-turned-evening session with her then-roommate singer/songwriter K Phillips in which a first draft was pounded out on one of K's vintage typewriters.

2014 saw Blinn release Lovers In The Dust on Curry House Records. The album features the handiwork of seasoned producer/engineer Mike Landolt (Maroon 5, Blues Traveler, O.A.R.). Along with her then backing band The Handsome Machine, the disc was rounded out with guest appearances by Aaron Lee Tasjan, Devon Allman, Andy Harrison (Howlin' Maggie) and Angela Perley (Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons). “I like to think of this album as having a little something for everybody,” says Blinn, “It definitely has the rockers but it also has some more intimate songs as well as a couple of just plain fun ones that reach towards a more pop sound.” Her song "Sexy Mess" spent 8 straight days on the airwaves of Columbus, OH's CD102.5FM in their "Top 5 Most Requested Songs of the Day" playlist, including 3 straight days at #1. Another tune titled "Lovers in the Dust" was featured on the soundtrack for the full-length feature film Black Windows (Wanderlust Films/Devil Town Productions/Gravitas Ventures).

The following 2 years saw Blinn and her band tour nationally, playing over 150+ shows a year everywhere from New York to Wyoming and back. She's shared the stage with names including Blues Traveler, The Family Stone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon Allman, The Clarks and Jim Lauderdale to name a few.

She has since relocated to Nashville, TN to continue her musical pursuits and record a new record. Blinn's new release (currently untitled) will see the light of day in fall of 2017 and she plans to continue to tour relentlessly.
Kasey Anderson
Kasey Anderson
American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, born in 1980.