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Minus the Bear – “Invisible”

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Minus the Bear will release Voids on March 3rd and the first single, “Invisible,” can be streamed below. Pre-orders for the album are also up.

    3/10 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
    3/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
    3/12 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall *
    3/14 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
    3/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    3/20 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
    3/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    3/22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
    3/23 – Richmond, VA @ The National
    3/24 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    3/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    3/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    3/28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    3/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
    3/30 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
    3/31 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
    4/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
    4/02 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
    4/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
    4/05 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
    4/06 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
    4/07 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
    4/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Maverick Music Festival
    4/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
    4/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
    4/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
    4/14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    4/15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
    Sand supporting instead of Bayonne
    Wild Arrows supporting instead of Beach Slang

  2. SEANoftheDEAD


    They also have a new interview up at Noisey that goes into some detail about the new album. I dig the new song. Amped to see em on my birthday at Union Transfer (best venue in Philly!)
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  3. bmir14

    Trusted Supporter

    Solid song. Will be fun to hear live. Looking at you, Union Transfer.
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  4. amorningofsleep

    No-rope barbed wire Jones

    2017 is going to be a good year.
  5. Zilla

    Trusted Supporter

    I haven't like MTB in a long while, but that's a solid tune.
  6. TriangularDuck

    Regular Supporter

    Dope song, feels a lot like something off of Planet of Ice.
  7. SEANoftheDEAD


    My thoughts too. From what I read about the album, its going to be somewhat of a moody album. Which in my opinion is exactly what POI was. Excited to check it out.
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  8. ttmessick


    Super satisfied with this track.
  9. Ska Senanake


    Yeah its good. I found a review of the album that accidently got leaked on reddit and that review has me hyped. My biggest question mark going into this song was if the drums would be on par since eric left. I was left satisfied.
  10. sawhney[rusted]2

    I'll write you into all of my songs Supporter

    Oh man. This song is fabulous.
  11. ohitsjustrob

    "The only truth is music." Supporter

    So amped for this Album, really love Invisible, I saw them play it live twice, so I am happy I now finally have a studio recorded version of it. Minus are the best!
  12. Bartek T. Jan 13, 2017
    (Last edited: Jan 16, 2017)
    Bartek T.

    D'oh! Prestigious

    I think that's the best song I've heard from them in years! I mean, I liked their latest albums, but this one got me right away, really tight from the beginning.
  13. Link ?
  14. sawhney[rusted]2

    I'll write you into all of my songs Supporter

    They may be talking about the press release?

    On their sixth album VOIDS, 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. “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.”

    Change was everywhere. Keyboardist/vocalist Alex Rose took on a more prominent role in composition and handled lead vocal duties on songs like “Call the Cops,” “Tame Beasts,” and “Robotic Heart,” drummer Kiefer Matthias joined the fold, producer Sam Bell lent a fresh set of ears in the studio, and the band returned to their original label home at Suicide Squeeze Records. Minus the Bear were no longer swept along by the momentum that had driven them for the last fifteen years. Instead, they reached a point where they could recalibrate and redefine who they were as a musical entity. The resulting album VOIDS retains many of the band’s signature qualities—the hedonistic tales of nighttime escapism and candid vignettes of adulthood, the savvy up-tempo beats, the layered and nuanced instrumentation—while simultaneously reminding us of the musical wanderlust that initially put them on the map.

    Album opener “Last Kiss” immediately establishes the band’s renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into “Give & Take”, a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like “Fine + 2 Pts” while exploring new textures and timbres. “Invisible” is arguably the catchiest song of the band’s career, with Jake Snider’s vocal melodies and Knudson’s imaginative guitar work battling for the strongest hooks. “What About the Boat?” reminds us of the “math-rock” tag that followed the band in their early years, with understated instrumentation disguising an odd-time beat. “Erase,” recalls the merging of forlorn indie pop and electronica that the band dabbled with on their early EPs, but demonstrates the Bear’s ongoing melodic sophistication and tonal exploration. By the time the band reaches album closer “Lighthouse,” they’ve traversed so much sonic territory that the only appropriate tactic left at their disposal is a climactic crescendo, driven at its peak by Cory Murchy’s thunderous bass. Not since Planet of Ice’s “Lotus” has the Bear achieved such an epic finale. All in all, it’s an album that reminds us of everything that made us fall in love with Minus the Bear in the first place, and a big part of that appeal is the sense that the band is heading into uncharted territories.
  15. It sounds very exciting. I wasn't a fan of the latest album.