Minus the Bear: Indie Rock Staples at Bogart's
Looking to catch some music on the night of May 2nd? Then be sure to pop your head into Bogart's and catch indie rock legends Minus The Bear perform right in front of your eyes.
Formed in Seattle in 2001 with members from other indie rock acts like Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear consists of vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, guitarist Dave Knudson, bassist Cory Murchy, and Alex Rose on synthesizer/vocals. Entering the studio before ever playing a show, Minus the Bear burst onto the Seattle music scene with their first EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. From there, they aggressively toured to get their name out there before re-entering the studio to record their first full-length album in 2002 called Highly Refined Pirates. Twelve albums later the band has done everything from playing for major music festivals like Bonnaroo to having numerous articles written about them from such popular music sites like NPR and Pitchfork (and now Inhailer).
When seeing them live there are a few things that you can expect to see. Visually the band usually has a light show set up behind them that will ominously illuminate the members of the band only to begin flashing frantically when the band plays more of their heavier sounding material. When it comes to the actual bands sound, their sound is a fusion of synth-pop and indie rock. An album of theirs that really shows their range is their latest album Voids. Throughout the album, the tracks go back and forth from spacey synth driven parts then immediately switch to a groovy indie rock sound with catchy guitar riffs. A song that really exemplifies what I’m talking about is “Invisible.” When listening to the song, it starts out with a purely electronic synth sound, but when the chorus kicks in the vibe of the song completely changes to an almost indie rock power ballad. They’re comparable to bands like Interpol, Manchester Orchestra, Black Light Dinner Party, and Turnover.
If you’re free on May 2nd you do not want to miss your chance to see a band that’s one of the staples of the modern-day indie rock scene. With a huge discography of 13 albums and EPs, as well as their unique synth-pop and indie rock fusion sound, this is a show you definitely don’t want to miss. While you are there gawking at being in the presence of indie rock gods be sure to stop by the Inhailer table, I promise you we like Minus The Bear just as much as you do.
When: May 2nd. Doors open at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00PM
How Much: $25