I’ve seen Minor King on so many different lineups in the past two or so years, but the stars have aligned in such a way that I had never been able to catch a full set until this past Sunday at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge in Newark. These guys are really impressive with how they blend a smooth, soulful sound with hard rocking riffs in a way that is truly unique from any other acts I’ve seen around the state.
The music has such a good vibe that really lets you sink into it, just like a recliner and a cozy blanket. It kinda makes you feel like warm butter, and yes, I’m aware that’s a weird thing to say, but don’t try to pretend like you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about. I know you do. Minor King makes the kind of music you’d listen to while having sex with someone you actually like, in that kind of way.
Minor King frontman, Wyl White, has the voice and charisma to captivate audiences right from the first note. You can tell watching him that he’s just having so much fun while performing, and his enthusiasm is dangerously fucking contagious. The vocals are powerful, but still float above Jean Bobadilla’s wailing guitar, which is what really moves their songs along. Jean, only twenty-one years old, plays with great intensity, shredding through solos and riffs with such discipline as to not overpower the rest of the sound. So many other guitarists that try to play like Jean just look awkward, with fingers flailing up and down the neck, trying to play notes so fast that the audience can’t tell they’re not in tune, but Jean manages unbelievable control and precision.
So definitely keep an eye out for these guys. You’ll be glad, especially if their set gets you and your special someone in the mood. Even so, Minor King might still be the best part of your night.
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