The Domestiques

Andrew Paine

Andrew Paine is a Glasgow based musician: his work ranging from solo voice, through layered howling guitars, gentle piano interludes, SW radio, oblique electronics and wherever he likes in between.

He initially broke cover collaborating with Richard Youngs in their progressive rock group project Ilk. Following their second album “Canticle” (VHF, 2005), he became particularly prolific, releasing many collaborative titles both with Youngs and with fellow Glasgow resident Caroline McKenzie as well as several solo titles. He founded his own Sonic Oyster Records in 2006 to release much of his work and co-founded the progressive kraut-rock power trio, Space Weather with Caroline McKenzie and Brian Lavelle.

Current duties extend to bass guitar with punk trio ‘The Flexibles’ , one half of theosophical thinkers ‘The Blue Tree’, with long-time collaborator, Matthew Shaw (Tex La Homa) co-founder of Turds of the Reformation with Sybren Renema (Death Shanties), the ying to Jordan MacRae’s yang in dark ambient ‘Grainer’ project and a fully paid up member of The Domestiques with Kevin McCarvel.

Kevin McCarvel

Originally from the Isle of lewis, Kevin McCarvel is a Glasgow based musician whose main activity has been with Some jaguar, a duo with axe wrangler Stuart Crutchfield who trade in repeat-riff blowouts and spontaneous guitar levitations. More recently he has collaborated with Andrew Paine in The Domestiques, a project consolidating their musical explorations into a blend of ragged destruct guitar, bass, shortwave radios, old tapes and electronics.

Other work has included live performances with The Flexibles and Frances McKee (The Vaselines). Additionally, he runs Nyali Recordings as as Good Energy Records, a collaboration with Jennifer lucy Allan of Arc Light Editions.

Performance April, 2019

SW/I-IV (The Domestique Tunings)

The Domestiques were formed by chance when Kevin McCarvel and Andrew Paine agreed to play a gig that neither of the bandmates from their respective projects could fulfil. Please with the hastily assembled collaboration it was agreed they would continue, leading them to perform live together again as part of Andrew Paine’s Glasgow Tectonic Festival performance in 2019.

As the Tectonics live recording is tied up in BBC red tape rendering it currently unreleasable, the pair have retreated into the archives and unearthed ‘rehearsal tapes’, which have been lightly tweaked & edited and are now available exclusively to this platform.

The original intention for the Tectonic performance was to improvise around four broad ‘tunings’ using short wave as a starting off point:

SW/I-IV (The Domestique Tunings)

  • Tuning I – Follow What Attracts
  • Tuning II – Slow Right Down
  • Tuning III – Recognise A Pattern
  • Tuning IV – See The Beauty In Everything

The two rehearsal tapes (recorded off a Zoom and an iPhone) incorporate SW Radio(s), Tape(s), Electronics, Guitar and Voice.

‘Guitar / Morse’ is loosely based around ‘Tuning III – Recognise A Pattern’, which involved orchestrating a series of morse codes, looping and bowing a guitar.

‘Extension Rehearsal’ didn’t make it to the live performance: its a pleasingly aggressive guitar / spoken word piece, based around ‘Tuning IV – See The Beauty In Everything’ and incorporates lyrics from ‘Fall To Earth’, first heard on Paine’s ‘Half Real Man’, available at

The Domestiques recently released their first album – Volume 1 – available at Glass Modern Records.

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Extension Rehearsal

"Domestiques - Extension Rehearsal 28_04_19 Aggressive Compression".


Guitar / Morse Final

"Domestiques - Guitar _ Morse Final".