"Solid Ground" CD
Genres: indie rock, indie pop
Nov 22 - 28 2004
Johnny Domino has a large network of fans and followers, but Solid
Ground is my first trip into his world. As far as British
indie rockers go, my knowledge doesn't delve far into the obscure - so
I can be excused for not knowing much about Domino.
However, if Solid Ground is any indication of the band's style,
I've really been missing something.
As can be expected from such a prolific and experienced DIY act, Johnny
Domino's style is particularly eclectic. He's at his best
when he's working in a straightforward pop vein - "Vocodamol,"
for example, is a a successful but simple tune. The very pleasant "Second
Greatest" is made great due to a solid guitar line, but the
band's signature sound comes from a love of playfully creative musical
ideas. Original numbers like "I Heart 1883" and
the engaging "Ur My Oar" combine clever, DIY pop with
universally accessible melodies. There are a few lesser moments
on Solid Ground ("Ingredients," "Breathe It
Out") as well, but they are fortunately few and far
between. As a whole, Johnny Domino has done a very good
job with this eclectic, unique disc. While its mixed focus may
be off-putting to closed-minded listeners, those willing to give
something fresh and new a chance might be pleasantly surprised.
Fun Fact: Before becoming known as Johnny
Domino, band members Giles and Steve recorded over a
hundred songs, which have now been released under the name The
10 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]