Extending its musical roots deep within the indie genre while simultaneously garnishing their sound with groovy funk and rambunctious rock, the Seattle-based indie band Minus the Bear brings a whole new level of music to the listener’s ear. Founded in 2001, the group flashed into the national spotlight in 2007 with their third full-length studio album, Planet of Ice. Since then, the band, composed of guitarist and vocalist Jake Snider, guitarist Dave Knudson, keyboardist and backup vocalist Alex Rose, bassist Cory Murchy, and drummer Erin Tate, has brought its energy and intensity to performances worldwide, gracing stages throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. The band's latest album, Omni, was released on May 4, 2010. This album finely captures the eclectic nature of Minus the Bear's musical genius, something that is so hard to define and hard to classify but nonetheless alluring.
Minus the Bear performed at the Non-COMMvention music conference at WXPN, the annual gathering of music industry folks. You can hear the concert here.
"Their latest album – which has a slightly more pop leaning sound to their prog/math rock beginnings – has really positioned them to be introduced to a broader audience and a fan base that has been growing significantly over the last few years," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN.
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