DOMESTICS, THE: Cherry Blossom Life: LP/CD

I’m partial to an almighty racket, but the latest release from The Domestics has actually gone beyond my personal preferences into a world where music is nigh on unlistenable. I don’t want to be uncharitable, but this hurt my head and not in a good way. I was just about coping during the first song and then the cymbals crossed the line—they sounded so high-pitched that it was all I could do to keep focussed on anything else and that didn’t change during the remainder of the album. A rare miss from the usually reliable TNS label. –Rich Cocksedge (TNS, [email protected], tnsrecords.co.uk)