interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Ryan Muir
Dom, pictured above playing at a party inside Pitchfork's Brooklyn offices on Tuesday night, are in town to play two Northside Festival shows. The first happens tonight, Thursday, June 24th, at the Knitting Factory. Dom opens for Cloud Nothings and WAVVES. That show is sold out. After that it's Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg aka the BrooklynVegan showcase with Zaza, Twin Sister, and Memory Tapes. That one still has tickets available. Both shows are also accessible with a Northside Festival badge (first come, first served, capacity permitting, etc).
Billy Jones (you may have read his recent interview with Dave Sitek) caught up with Dom (the person) via gchat on Wednesday. They talked about Dom (the group), the Pitchfork party, Cults, gingers (they both are), Total Slacker, salvia, Party Expo, merch and more...
Billy: sup man
Dom: nothing much. chillin.
Billy: i am ginger
Dom: sick! u kno we are less than 10 percent population
Billy: have you seen the M.I.A. video?
Dom: yes i have
Billy: how do you feel about mia? i am left handed and ginger. fucked.
Dom: i love mia. yeah i wasnt really moved one way or another by the vid. great concept, butttt, i could have done it better
Billy: i saw you yesterday playing in p'fork's office. what was that like?
Dom: it was fun.
there was booze
we got to play new tracks
they fed us
saw some ppl i missed
met some kool ppl
i wanna go back
Billy: new songs? didn't you recently record some song with Ayad from Passion Pit?
Dom: yes we recorded something w him that was fun
wrote the new record
just looking for a home for it
Billy: when did you write the record?
Dom: like a week ago
Billy: you have been awfully busy the past 2 months? what has that been like for you?
not much has really changed
i still dont have a job
still playin music
still hanging out all the time
Billy: where do you hang out?
Dom: in woooooosta
and amherst / noho
Billy: what's cool in wooooooosta?
Dom: there are some cool collectives good punk shows lots of pahtees
Billy: do you go to a lot of shows? if so, who has blown your mind recently?
Dom: well, really into total slacker, happy birthday
Billy: was that the girl from Cults singing with you yesterday?
Billy: is she gonna sing at Music Hall or on your album?
i guess u have to buy it and find out!
Billy: do you mind if people illegally download it
Dom: not at all
music should b free
the shows should cost money
Billy: what would be your dream D O M merch?
Dom: lamp shades
maybe uh car accessories
Billy: pooper scoopers?
we're thinking about selling salvia
Dom's Green Mountain Gringo Salvia
Billy: i did a student film documentary on salvia a while
ago, crazy shit.
have you ever done it?
Billy: what was it like for you?
Dom: pins and needles
u can feel every pore on yr bod
and u zone out
Billy: everyone kept saying everything looked like mc escher type stuff
do you dress up for halloween?
Dom: yea of course
we celebrate every holiday
Billy: what is the best halloween costume you ever did up?
Dom: kurt cobain
or once i was a mouse
Billy: if you could meet any living musician who would it
Dom: lady gaga
Billy: alan jackson!
Dom: brian chase
Billy: all show very good rythymic sense
Dom: earth wind and fire
Billy: i said one!
Dom: taylor swift
Billy: what is your favorite cartoon?
Billy: that is on adult swim, right?
we luv adult swim stuff
Billy: i bet
Dom: actually wormtown is my fav cartoon
Billy: i saw you wearing your amp as a backpack
that was one night only!
glad u witnessed it
Billy: there is a busker in nyc that does it everyday, he plays "fast car" by tracey chapman. have you see this guy?
Billy: it's amazing.
Billy: dom should busk tonight.
Dom: we do
we actually have an acoustic set
feat mike alvarado
we play a salsa vers of livin in america
we call it, "es muy sexy 2 b livin in latin america"
DOM- LIVING IN AMERICA.wmv
are you making any videos?
Billy: i could get that guy for you to be in one.
Dom: on da youtubes
we're gonna bury him
Billy: what are you doing tonight?
Dom: GETTIN FUCKED UP
idk we usually depend on [our manager] adam to bring us fun places
he usually brings us to the fun spots
may go see my pals cults play [at Hammerstein Ballroom with Goldfrapp]
or my pal ming ming dance company
at party expo
but i caused some probs last time i was there
Billy: what happened?
Dom: that place had just opened up and it was a whack noise show
it was the night market hotel shut dwn
so we went there
idk im willing to go check it out again tho
Billy: thanks for CHATing with me.
Dom: yeah np!
i luv interviews
Billy: maybe i will see you tomorrow [at Knitting Factory]
Dom: psyched to play
its gonna b a fun show
Billy: oh yeah.
you are playing with memory tapes.
and twin sister
Billy: have you ever listened to it?
Dom: thats gonna rule as well
of course i check out every band we play w
memory tapes very very good
Billy: ok. have fun
mebbe see you tomorrow.
Dom: yup u too hopefully cya tomorrow later billy
Dom - 2010 Tour Dates
Jun 24 - knitting factory New York, NY
Jun 26 - Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Jul 9 - The Pill @ Great Scott Allston, Massachuse
Jul 17 - Coney Island Boardwalk Brooklyn, NY