North Carolinian Matt Carlson spearheads Wild Domestic with a strident, impassioned voice that connects with us instantly on the punked-fueled “Author,” where he’s firing on all cylinders on a song about the struggle to author one’s life story. We only wish his lead vocals were a bit more up in the mix. But there’s no denying that his voice is right for this genre, as in “Headlights” where he states his case with an appropriately high level of urgency. Carlson’s best effort, though, is the affecting ballad, “Overjoyed,” which shows the artist’s introspective side in a song of gratitude to a loyal friend. This is a singer who’s all-in all the time, and we love it, but we advise remixing to heat up the lead vocals.