"Summer in New Orleans is slow, but that helped motivate local guitarist and bandleader Dominic Minix. “I was getting very frustrated here, and I decided I had to get out of this cycle of accepting less than I deserve. I had to go out and get it,” Minix says. “So I bought plane tickets on June 19 — Juneteenth — to L.A.”
Minix’s current project, Yung vul, fuses the rich complexity of contermporary New Orleans jazz with the visceral energy of punk rock. Its lineup and sound has been flexible since its debut EP, Cannonball Adderall, dropped in 2016, but Minix’s raw vocals and technical, soulful guitar playing have remained at its core. Now Minix is ready for the next step in his career."
Raphael Helfand, The Advocate New Orleans. August 13, 2016
"Guitarist, vocalist and bandleader Dominic Minix lists Yung Vul's appellations: Yung Vulnerability, Yung Vulva, Yung Vulcan, or "Yung Vole, like the rodent." His nimble quartet with drummer Michael Scott, trumpeter Xavier Molina and bassist Nic Lefebvre embraces the raw intimacy of hardcore punk to plunge into a heady mix of jazz and soul, resistant to genre boundaries while challenging them. The band hosts the monthly Clashback series, a collaborative music residency at Three Keys at the Ace Hotel in which the band performs alongside a range of artists, from Saul Williams to Nick Hakim and New Orleans electronic and hip-hop producer AF THE NAYSAYER...
Alex Woodward, Gambit Magazine. October 19, 2017
"Earlier this year, New Orleans-based guitarist Dominic Minix was performing with Christian Scott during the esteemed trumpet player’s NPR Tiny Desk set. Now–after five years of cultivating a sound that’s somewhere between Robert Glasper and Bad Brains–Minix has released his first official solo project, Cannonball Adderall. His new alias, Yung Vul, helps to distinguish the freshly dropped four-track EP from his previously released music as The Dominic Minix Quartet. “Nameless” might be the EP’s most tame track, but at nearly eight minutes this sweeping, serene jazz instrumental seems wildly appropriate for the upcoming winter days."
Angel Fraden, Indiecurrent. December 23, 2016
"Instead of remaining within a version of jazz centered around time-tested standards, his original work integrates musical ideas and techniques from punk, hip hop, rock, and r&b — basically using every musical language at his disposal to communicate viscerally and emotionally, in his own voice. When I’ve seen Dominic perform, I’ve heard elements of Black music become a means of articulating the feelings and experiences of his generation."
Amina Dessellle, Shotgun Griot. June 1, 2016
Cannonball Adderall and Introducing are charting in WTUL best albums list!
WTUL's Top 30 New Albums from 03/27/17 - 04/01/17
1. Thundercat - Drunk [Brainfeeder]
2. Foxygen - Hang [Jagjaguwar]
3. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book [self-released]
4. Karriem Riggins - Headnod Suite [Stones Throw]
5. Animal Collective - The Painters EP [Domino]
6. Hurray For the Riff Raff - The Navigator [ATO]
7. Yung Vul - Cannonball Adderall [self-released]
8. various artists - WTUL: Songs From the Basement vol. 15 [self-released]
9. Dirty Bourbon River Show - The Flying Musical Circus [self-released]
10. Bonobo - Migration [Ninja Tune]
1. Karriem Riggins - Headnod Suite [Stones Throw]
2. Yung Vul - Cannonball Adderall [self-released]
3. Dirty Bourbon River Show - The Flying Musical Circus [self-released]
4. The Bad Plus - It's Hard [Okeh]
5. Doombalaya - Pants on Fiya [self-released]
6. Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitas - Highlife Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) [Knitting Factory]
7. Dominic Minix Quartet - Dominic Minix Quartet [self-released]
8. Macy Gray - Stripped [Chesky]
9. Battle Trance - Blade Of Love [NNA Tapes]
10. Corey Henry - Lapeitah [Louisiana Red Hot]
WTUL Top New Albums