Minus The Bear
Previous album ‘OMNI’ saw the band experimenting with more electronic based textures, but ‘Infinity Overhead’ see’s them move back into the territory where they made such a name for themselves; intelligent, big sounding guitar based anthems. As singer/guitarist Jake Snider succinctly puts it: “We didn’t go anywhere, but we’re back”.
There’s the usual chugging power chords, string bending, finger tapping, searing fretwork and circular riffs that the band is known for but while the album also features some of Minus The Bear’s most complex guitar playing to date, it is also their most accessible, filled to the brim with big pop hooks and catchy choruses.
Opening track ‘Steel and Blood’ immediately points to a more aggressive lyrical content, underneath Minus The Bear’s trademark angular melodies. ‘Infinity Overhead’ takes its title from the majestic ‘Diamond Lightning’, which Snider describes as having ‘an acid trip kinda vibe’. As he puts it “it incorporates a lot of our breadth and what we are capable of.” However, each song demonstrates the band’s sonic dexterity. From the out of control tropical-esque vibe of ‘Toska,’ to the jaunty, acoustic ‘Listing’, to the shimmering melancholia of ‘Heaven Is A Ghost Town’, through to the hard hitting rock of album closer ‘Cold Company’, it might be the most varied record of the band’s career.
Since forming in Seattle in 2001, Minus The Bear has worked relentlessly over the past decade to build a large and devoted following worldwide with consistent releases and a non-stop touring regimen. With a back-catalogue that has seen them sell over 300,000 records, the band has played countless sold out tours throughout the world, in addition to unforgettable performances at huge US festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. They have done this all on their own terms and with the release of ‘Infinity Overhead’, they are at the height of their powers.
Minus The Bear will be showcasing tracks from ‘Infinity Overhead’ at Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival on August 16th and London’s Heaven on August 17th.
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Minus The Bear UK/EU tour and new video 4th February 2013 Minus The Bear have announced their longest headline UK tour since 2005, alongside the brilliant animated video for new single, Listing. Click through to watch that and see the live dates.
Free 2012 sampler 6th December 2012 This year we've had the pleasure of working with 12 incredible bands on their new music, marking the most successful year so far for our little label. As a thank you to all who've supported us through this, we've put a free sampler online featuring a song from each. Click for more information.
Minus The Bear playlist and pre-order 13th August 2012 Ahead of their trip to Europe this week, Minus The Bear have very kindly put together a Mixcloud playlist for us, featuring 10 tracks they predict will soundtrack their trip. We also have news on the iTunes, CD and vinyl album pre-orders, so click for that info.
New Minus The Bear single pre-order and stream 1st August 2012 Steel And Blood, the first single taken from Minus The Bear's Infinity Overhead album, is now available to pre-order on very limited edition 7". Just 300 copies of the transparent red vinyl have been pressed and come in a hand-numbered, die-cut sleeve with exclusive b-side and silver print t-shirt
Minus The Bear album pre-order 16th July 2012 'Infinity Overhead' by Minus The Bear is now available to pre-order on CD and limited edition, heavyweight 12" vinyl. Immediate free download of 'Diamond Lightning' with order plus free badges and guitar plectrum with the first 200.
Welcome Minus The Bear 10th July 2012 We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Minus The Bear to the BSM family! Having influenced a great number of the artists we've worked with over the past few years, it's an honour to be releasing their brilliant new record, 'Infinity Overhead', in September. Click through to check out a track.