FOR THEIR BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM 'PLANET OF ICE'
Minus the Bear are excited to announce the 10 year anniversary tour for Planet of Ice, the breakthrough third full-length album for the band. Released in August 2007 on Suicide Squeeze Records, the fan favorite album was the first release for the indie band to chart on the Billboard 200. Upon its release, Planet of Ice won high praise from Spin as "elegant and maturely conceived," while AV Club noted the innovative instrumentation and songwriting, enamored by the way "the disc uncoils with a sinister playfulness." Playing Planet of Ice in its entirety among other selections from their expansive catalog, the Seattle band will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and many other cities before culminating in a hometown show at The Showbox on June 13th. All upcoming tour dates and on sale information is below.
Watch the music video for "Knights" from Planet of Ice
In March 2017, Minus the Bear released their sixth album VOIDS, produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club). Their recent release was lauded by Relix as "an exceptionally cohesive effort that ranks among the best of its catalog to date," while Noisey wrote that the dichotomy found on the album "between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock has always been a hallmark of Minus The Bear's sound". The band's entire decade-spanning discography can be found at Suicide Squeeze and Spotify.
"VOIDS, the Seattle prog-punk group's first new album in five years, is one of the most powerful expressions of the melodicism, grit and heartfelt expressionism they've ever made." - Alternative Press
Watch the music video for "Last Kiss"
Minus The Bear is Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass guitar), and Alex Rose (synthesizers, vocals)
Upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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NEW MUSIC | Just announced Fall North American Fall Tour and new album, "VOIDS" is out now!
Watch Minus the Bear tear up the stage with this cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room" via AV Club
Minus the Bear has just announced an extensive fall tour of North America with Silversun Pickups in continued support of their new album VOIDS, out now on Suicide Squeeze Records. The album won praise from the likes of Noisey who lauded the "dichotomy between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock," and Relix who called the album "an exceptionally cohesive effort that ranks among the best of its catalog to date." Last week, the band appeared on AV Club's "Undercover" series, where they expertly covered Fugazi's "Waiting Room" (and accidentally busted the show's brand new neon sign).
For the past 15 years Minus the Bear have made music on their own terms while carving out their own unique musical world, selling over 500k records in the process and playing to countless sold out crowds along the way. This isn't to say they're impervious to outside influence. They've borrowed components from a wide swath of genres—the brainy clangor of New York's proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rock—but always managed to defy classification.
"There was a lot of change and uncertainty," says guitarist David Knudson. "I think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyones' minds."
On their sixth album VOIDS, produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club), Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process.
Jake Snider (vocals, guitar)
Dave Knudson (guitar)
Cory Murchy (bass guitar)
Alex Rose (synthesizers, vocals)