BROOKLYN VEGAN: Watch Bad Operation’s (Fatter Than Albert, PEARS) video for debut single “Perilous”

"Bad Operation is a new ska band with some familiar faces from the New Orleans punk and ska scene: Fatter Than Albert/All People members and Community Records founders Daniel "D-Ray" Ray and Greg Rodrigue, Brian Pretus of Fat Wreck Chords-signed punks PEARS, experimental/jazz/hip hop artist Dominic Minix, and Robert Landry (who's also in All People). Their self-titled debut album comes out December 18 via Bad Time Records/Community Records (pre-order), and we're premiering the video for lead single "Perilous."

Bad Operation's members may have a punk and ska-punk pedigree, but "Perilous" takes a cleaner, more soulful approach to ska that's closer to 2 Tone or The Slackers (who have already co-signed the band). The band calls it "new tone," and that's a good way of putting it. You get that classic second wave ska vibe, but Bad Operation make it feel fresh and they don't just sound like a product of their influences. They're bringing something new to the ska table, and really pushing the genre forward, and if you dig ska or punk or any type of warm, upbeat rock music, you should give this band a listen.

"Community Records was a label that was in the trenches for DIY ska when it was hardest to do so, producing and elevating some of the best underground ska punk bands of the mid and late 2000’s - A Billion Ernies, Murphy’s Kids, Fatter Than Albert, Stuck Lucky, The Lollies, The Best of The Worst, All People," said Bad Time Records founder Mike Sosinski. "To hear that they were starting a new project, that it was SKA, that it was AWESOME, and that they wanted to work together on it… it was really a magical moment."

Of the new video, the band tells us:

Truly happy to be releasing this video and this music, thanks for helping us to share it. "Perilous" is the first out of 3 or 4 or so videos we are planning to release. We started this project in January 2020 to re-claim some joy in light of the power of music, to hopefully play a show one day, and to make ska music. We are having a blast with this band and working together. We wanted our videos to capture the joy, warmth, and amazing vibes of the ska shows we have been going to, playing, and promoting since we were teenagers. The video was directed and filmed by Zac Manuel, edited by Mitch Wells who are both exceptionally talented.

This new video does indeed capture the joy, warmth, and amazing vibes of a ska show. Like the music itself, there's a familiar, nostalgic feel to the black-and-white footage and '60s-style visual backdrop, but it never seems overly retro. It's new and exciting and you can check it out for yourself right here:"

-Brooklyn Vegan

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"Dominic Minix Releases New EP “Sun Will Show Again” Out Now Via Community Records by Circuit Sweet UK

New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist Dominic Minix has just released his powerful new EP release “Sun Will Show Again” via Community Records. Dominic produced the EP himself and is known for his years of experience with his band. Dominic has toured worldwide playing backing guitar for Solange – now the artist has created a monumental record to share with the world. 

Instantly, ethereal and soothing electronica notes kick off the momentous record. Waves of complex yet equally calming organic instrumentation cascades across “No Alliances“, harmonious and dedicated vocals from Minix fuse with the elements effortlessly. The vocals ooze soul, charm and compassion- the lyrics and the lustrous vocals consume the audience. The first track from this outstanding EP release simply captivates. A swirling musical base provides the best form for Minix to weave his infectious vocal attributes for a truly compelling, complimenting and melodic arrangement

The atmosphere so elegantly curated in the first track evolves into a whole new aura as the EP flows into the next single. Substantial and jarring electronic textures build up the second single of the EP release,  “Ruckus” featuring A.J Haynes brings bold beats and high vocal notes to an addictive shorter orchestration. This more experimental take teases us with the dramatic vocal range and the brash beats beneath.

The rapid momentum of “Your Fall Is Calling You” is a brooding and intense turn on this record. This epic movement clocks in just after 7 minutes and showcases the broad ability this artist can convey. This releases posses you, it’s rhythmical outreach provides an angular and dynamic entity. It’s brash yet bountiful- distorted lyrics and lasting notes create a haunting effect. 

Finally “Sleep Deep” ends with layered notes and elongated lyrics as the tempo alters once again. A sudden slow-down compared to that which went before. A new atmosphere projected yet again, sharing Dominic Minix capabilities to flirt between high intensity and mellow grooves yet always retaining an expressive deeply immersive experience."

-Circuit Sweet UK

 

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"Dominic Minix finds space to create on 'Sun Will Show Again' EP by Jake Clapp, Gambit New Orleans

Dominic Minix’s latest release, “Sun Will Show Again,” is optimistic yet dark.

“The way I feel about this record, it’s kind of a yin and yang,” the New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and vocalist says. “The phrase ‘sun will show again,’ it assumes we’re currently in a place where the sun is not up, a dark place. I think these songs are about the work that it takes to get through to the other side.”

Minix’s “Sun Will Show Again” was released at the end of July on cassette and digital download through Community Records. The 22-minute EP has just four tracks, but Minix patiently fills the songs with deep production, electronics, effects-laden organic instrumentation and building intensity. Minix sings on each track except for “Ruckus,” which features A.J. Haynes, singer and guitarist for the Seratones.

Along with leading his projects The Dominic Minix Quartet and Yung vul as well as backing musicians such as Solange and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Minix has been producing music the last 10 years, but hasn’t released any of those largely solo tracks until this EP.

The Dominic Minix Quartet and Yung vul used jazz as a starting point in the conversation and immediately encompassed an array of genres, like Yung vul’s racing amalgam of punk, jazz and hip-hop. In comparison, though, the songs on “Sun Will Show Again” lean toward beats, synths and textures and are singular among Minix’s releases.

“I feel like at my core, I’m a jazz guitar player, but there’s a lot of other skills that interest me as well. Producing is one of them,” Minix says. “It just seems like a skill a lot of musicians need to have these days. So these four songs were exercises in learning how to produce and learning how to write good songs.”

Minix says he wasn’t intending to release these tracks. But Greg Rodrigue at Community Records convinced him otherwise and the release came together spontaneously.

“I think what really made me decide to release the record was at some point in the winter, I finally had gotten back together with Yung vul, and we were working on music. And we put two goals down, one goal was for me to release an album and for Yung vul as a unit to release an album. Then then pandemic happened and we forgot about those plans. But then this record — my solo record — came together.”

The songs on “Sun Will Show Again,” Minix says, were developed in “an exercise in creativity.”

“At its best, music is just an exercise in creativity. It’s just playing with colors,” Minix says. “This is what happens when I have time and space to play with colors and to experiment and to grow.”

-Jake Clapp, Gambit, New Orleans