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Minus The Bear at Webster Hall (March 28, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 3rd 2017 — with 1 comment

You may not have realized it, but Minus The Bear have been a mainstay on the scene for 15 years now. It’s an impressive feat that they have maintained a solid pace, releasing six albums since their 2002 debut. This March they released Voids, via Suicide Squeeze Records, their sixth album to date.

Throughout their long-lasting career, they have built a passionate and devoted fanbase that has allowed them to keep doing what they love, to the point where they are still able to pack in rooms of all sizes (we’ve most recently caught them at Irving Plaza and The Gramercy Theatre). Last week they returned to New York for two shows, including Webster Hall on March 28, as well as the slightly smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg the very next night (we caught the Webster Hall show).
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Minus The Bear at Irving Plaza (November 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Believe it or not, last year was the 10th anniversary of Minus The Bear’s release of their highly beloved album Menos El Oso. I still remember discovering that album in high school, it’s truly hard to believe that much time has passed just like that.

In 2014 they played all of They Make Beer Commercials Like This at The Gramercy Theatre for its 10th anniversary, so they toured again this time playing all of Menos El Oso. The New York stop of the tour came on November 10 at Irving Plaza, and boy did it take me back. Getting to hear the album from front to back live was a trip down memory lane. It’s amazing how well that album holds up even today.

The party continued long after they finished the album, giving us not one, but two encores of songs from their past and presents. It was a clear reminder that although they’re able to play their older albums in full, that there’s still plenty of fresh songs to look forward to in the future. The best of both worlds.

Find photos from Minus The Bear’s performance below, along with shots of openers Murder By Death and Aero Flynn.
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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 »

[new]: Minus The Bear – Lonely Gun

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2012

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.

Rolling Stone has the exclusive premiere of “Lonely Gun”. Head here for that. It’s off their upcoming album Infinity Overhead, due out August 28 via Dangerbird Records.

Minus The Bear Announce New Album: Infinity Overhead

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2012 — with 2 comments

Minus The Bear are releasing their fifth album Infinity Overhead on August 28 via Dangerbird Records.

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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[new] Minus The Bear – My Time

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2010

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.

Minus The Bear :: Omni

By Will Oliver, February 22nd 2010

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 of  Animal Backwards to the driving rock of Hold Me Down, Omni continues Minus The Bear’s shape-shifting evolution and is a culmination of  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!

Can’t wait!

Silversun Pickups at Brooklyn Steel (November 17, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2017

As a 15-year-old kid just digging into the world of new music, I stumbled across a band named Silversun Pickups based on the strength of their two lead singles “Well Thought Out Twinkles” and “Lazy Eye.” I think I may have even bought a copy of their debut album Carnavas on CD at my local Best Buy, when that was still a normal thing to do.

Somehow after all this time and covering shows as I do, I had yet to see the band perform live, which is a big surprise as they only got bigger and bigger as the years passed. But I finally corrected that on November 17, when the band came to Brooklyn for a performance at Brooklyn Steel, just one night after they played at Terminal 5.
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Isadora – On The Rights

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2012

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.

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