Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Minus The Bear is an alternative rock band that has somehow made disco sound cool again. Throughout their career they have employed a sound that is fun, energetic, insightful, dance-y and keeps you moving to the music with catchy guitar, celestial synth leads, and crisp beats. They have had many successful songs such as the spicy track “Pachuca Sunrise”, the moody track “Hold Me Down”, and the undeniably infectious track “My Time”.
In their 13+ years of being active, they have amassed a huge collection of songs across 6 full length albums that have lead them on tours all across the US and the UK with great appeal. Their tours have featured other notable acts such as O’Brother, Soundgarden, Circa Survive and many more.
Minus The Bear’s charisma is smoothly translated through the music in their new album, Lost Loves, which is available now for streaming at PitchFork, and the full album will be available for purchase on October 7th. The album opens with “Electric Rainbow”, which presents upbeat drums, playful guitar layers, and some fun synth textures to foreshadow the soul of the following tracks. I find myself subconsciously tapping my foot and bouncing my shoulders to the beat while listening. The album also features tracks such as the infectious “Walk On Air” (which was featured on the soundtrack for the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us) and the delightfully contagious track “South Side Life” deliver a superbly catchy chorus, and an upbeat rhythm that will make you want to get up out of your chair and dance along. The album is wrapped up nicely with the heart-felt track “The Lucky Ones”, which has a slower overall tempo, but builds intensity as the bridge comes on.
Minus the Bear will be traveling the US over the next couple of months to promote the new album, and to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 2004 album They Make Beer Commercials Like This. The tour will include various acts such as O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions. There are speculations that dates will be added in the future, so keep an ear to the ground if you wish to see these masters of groove live.
09/20 – West Hollywood, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival w/ Crosses – Kaiser
10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe #
10/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
10/16 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair #
10/17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
10/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts – Wolf Building #
10/19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
10/22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *
10/23 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock *
10/25 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
10/27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
11/01 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile %
11/20 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s %
11/21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah %
11/22 – Pomona, CA – Glass House %
11/23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company %