Back when I was in middle school, Myspace was the go-to social network. One of the main components of the site was to publicly share what bands your liked. I have distant memories a lot of my classmates who showcased a delicate passion for music listed Minus The Bear as one of their favorites. This served as my introduction to the band in a way, as back in middle school, I was stuck in a world that only included Green Day, Foo Fighters and Weezer. It could have been a lot worse for sure, but a band like Minus The Bear was a revelation to me. I soon grew into quite the fan of the group, and have seen them experience quite the career. Read the rest of this entry »
Minus The Bear have hit back hard with their new single “Lonely Gun”. Big powerful guitars pack a punch, leaving room for plenty of Minus The Bear’s signature vocals and atmosphere. The guitars may catch you off guard – if only for a second – before you catch the familiar drift that is, Minus The Bear.
Matt Bayles produced the 10-track album which is said to be both a return to form in direction while also one of their most aggressive and confident displays yet. The band released a mini-trailer for the album, which features new track “Diamond Lightning”. Watch the clip below.
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Minus The Bear are back with a new song off new album Omni, and it may catch a few listeners off guard. The guitars are traded for a synthesizer in “My Time” and it sounds like nothing that Minus The Bear has done before. There is a heavy dance/r&b influence floating over My Time.
Hearing this electronic Minus The Bear may be rather off setting at first. But as the song progresses you realize still have the same band here, they are just trying out some new things. The chorus sounds very Minus The Bear, just a little bit slicked up.
They found a way to bring in some electronic elements and make it work. I do want those guitars back for the rest of their new album Omni though.
[mp3] : Minus The Bear – My Time
Something tells me that Minus The Bear are going to blow up this year.
Today one of Seattle’s finest rock bands, Minus The Bear, announced the release of their new album Omni. It is coming out on Dangerbird Records (the bands new label!) on May 4th. Joe Chiccarelli produced the album for the band. He has produced for the likes of The White Stripes & My Morning Jacket in the past. The press release described the new album sounding a little something like this:
Omni showcases the quintet’s remarkable gift to craft visionary and gripping compositions, and with the assistance of Chiccarelli, revealing new layers in their songwriting as they pursue the next level in their inimitable musical style. With the exploration of erotic themes and fascinating tales of human sexual relationships, Omni is a riveting new album of rich soundscapes illustrated by Minus The Bear’s trademark precision and tremendous growth as artistic lyricists and songwriters. With deep bass lines, mesmerizing syncopated guitar riffs, provocative lyrics and stimulating keyboards, Omni explodes with a bursting energy and unpredictable experimentation. From lead-off single, My Time, which explores the band’s widescreen synth rock, to the punch of dueling guitars and keyboards on The Thief, from the intense psychedelicia ofÂ Animal Backwards to the driving rock of Hold Me Down, Omni continues Minus The Bear’s shape-shifting evolution and is a culmination ofÂ their past influences and present inspirations.
That sure is one way to get me excited for a record!
The band will begin a 6 week tour of North America on April 21st. I think that Minus The Bear will really come together very strongly on Omni. This could be a deadly album from a band that has been ready to really break out there for a bit. They have a really strong cult following, but I think they are ready to move things to the next level!
Isadora is a recently born band from Brooklyn. First single “On The Rights” starts off with a gentle melodic breeze and seems like it will be like that the rest of the way. Not so fast.
They take you down different flights of melodic mood swings and emotions, before leaving you in a different state than when you first hit play.
Considering this is their debut single, I would say this is a good start. Take a listen below via Interview Magazine:
“Barcelona” is another promising track from them that sounds reminiscent of Aloha/early Minus The Bear
They are playing their debut show tonight at Cameo Gallery & will release their debut EP next year.
MGMT mentioned that their new album, “Congratulations” may end up being released in April at the Grammy’s. It seems like the band are confirming this with a April 13th release date. There is no official announcement, but the band has a countdown on their website, and it leads to April 13th, which is a Tuesday. Coincidence? Probably not! A moving image of the ocean heads the band’s page. Possible album cover as well? They sure do love their beach/water imagery!
On a seperate note, the band is playing at Coachella, as well as Bamboozle. For those of you in the metro area, you may actually want to consider Day 2 of Bamboozle. Bands that make it worth going? : MGMT, Weezer, Minus The Bear, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Fun. , Ok Go, Wale….. I am considering going because of these artists, and a lot of my friends are going. It looks like Bamboozle are figuring out that good indie rock will even out the crowds at the festival that is primarily known for it’s emo/teen rock bands.