Take early 70's ballad pop in the likes of the Carpenters and Elton John, combine it with a hint of art and prog rock with classical influences similar to the Moody Blues and Renaissance, then throw in some Lou Reed, Bowie and Rundgren for a little edge and you may have an idea of what The Non-Domestiks sound like.
Rosalba is primarily self-taught on all her instruments. She started playing piano by ear at the age of 7. She picked up the guitar at 16 and went on to study classical piano at college for two years. After college, she became a full time musician playing with the popular cover band, Gold Rush. From there, she played with a number of different cover acts from rock to blues to sequenced duos. She had a brief taste of being in an original band when she joined pre-alternative/post punk rock band, Black Howard, a highly talented and creative group of guys with whom she played guitar/keys and a band she feels never got the recognition they deserved. She then studied jazz piano for several years with the late Ted Yusko, who was a member of Rowan University's musical staff and protege of Tom Lawton. In 1998, she decided to follow her dream to play her own music. She sought another female artist to perform and collaborate with as two-part harmonies are an important element in her music and writing lyrics didn't come as easily to her as writing music. She put an ad in the paper - Katrina was the first person to answer and turned out to be exactly what she was looking for. In recent years, she found a new passion for playing the drums which led her to drumming for a year with the popular Philadelphia rock group, Prima Donna. Since then, she has played drums on occasion with her own original project, The Non-Domestiks, both live and in the studio. She has also played drums live and in the studio for G.S. Picard, a Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter. In 2011, Rosalba became the drummer for Sylvia Platypus, led by Janet Bressler, who Rosalba considers one of Philly's best and underrated original artists. The band's genre was "pyscho-celtic-glam-blues" and she performed with them regularly in the Philly area at venues such as Fergies, World Cafe Live, and the Tin Angel. They also gained recognition for their original rock opera, La Mirage/Dead City Philly, which was featured at the 2011 and 2012 Philly Fringe Festivals. Rosalba left Sylvia Platypus in the fall of 2014 to re-focus her concentration on The Non-Domestiks cover duo act which has been running strong since. In late 2015, she was invited to play in the local Bowie/Glam Rock tribute band, Candy Volcano, joining as a "utility" player, just before Bowie passed away. The synchonicity of his death coinciding with her joining the band was no accident. Bowie was the most important rock artist in Rosalba's life. She looked at it as a gift from the universe, maybe Bowie himself, that she could pay tribute to him by being a part of this wonderful band. As 2017 begins, Rosalba will also be going back into the studio soon for a Black Howard reunion where this time, she'll be on the drums as well as guitar and keys. They hope to re-record some classic BH tunes.....stay tuned!
Katrina started playing piano when she was five. She began writing songs at the age of 10 after learning a few chords on the guitar (throughout the years, she's written hundreds). She took up the sax in grade school and went on to play bassoon in high school. She majored in music performance at college but found she wasn't as dedicated to playing the bassoon as to writing and playing her own music. Some time after dropping out, she co-formed an original hard rock group which she left after several years to move in a more mellow direction. She enjoyed writing and recording her own music but wanted to find someone to work and perform with. After checking the local Musician's Grapevine ads for years, but never "clicking" musically with anyone she found Rosalba. She continues to write many different types of music and wishes there was more time in the day to record it all. And she's very grateful for the chance The Non-Domestiks have had for the great shows and people they have met on their musical journey.