After spending the weekend at South by Southwest, Minus the Bear will take the stage at The Beacham to promote VOIDS, their latest LP since 2012’s Infinity Overload. Vocalist Jake Snider told Billboard that plans for a follow-up were complicated when long-time drummer Erin Tate left due to “medical issues” in 2015. VOIDS opens with “Last Kiss,” which is simple and catchy, but builds momentum as the band performs near-flawless variations of their signature sound—a seductive mix of rock, jazz, and pop. “Lighthouse,” a fitting end to the album, is an exciting reminder of the band’s skill.
Their first release, Highly Refined Pirates, turns fifteen this year, and though the tracks on it have funny names, “Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo” and “Spritz!!! Spritz!!!,” the band has always been seriously talented. Guitarist Dave Knudson spent the nineties playing with Botch, an acclaimed hardcore band from Seattle; a “lifetime” spent in the Pacific Northwest means coastal imagery appears often in Minus the Bear’s music. Once they gained notoriety in 2005 with Menos El Oso, featuring the classic “Pachuca Sunrise,” Minus the Bear continued force with the quasi-concept album Planet of Ice (2007), arguably the group’s most compelling and best-known work.
Catch Minus the Bear this Monday, March 20th at The Beacham. One-man-dream-machine Bayonne will start things off at 7 PM followed by punk sweethearts Beach Slang. Tickets are 22.50 in advance and you can get yours daily at Park Ave CDs or The Social/Beacham box office during showtimes.
— Rhiannon Bowen