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Minus the Bear

With catchy song titles like "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked," "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!," and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs," it's hard not to be at least a little bit curious about this Seattle-based quintet. Featuring members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear emerged on Seattle's music scene in 2001 with the release of their six-song EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. The band comprised guitarist Dave Knudson, vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, drummer Erin Tate, and bassist Cory Murchy. Though the bandmembers entered the studio before they ever played a show, they toured aggressively in support of the EP, then returned to the studio to record 2002's Highly Refined Pirates, their first full-length album. Both the EP and LP were released by Seattle-based Suicide Squeeze Records. Though the song titles may lead one to believe that they're a novelty act, Minus the Bear provide polished, shrewdly arranged songs. Finger-tapped guitar riffs mixed with catchy melodies and unexpected time changes keep listeners interested and entertained. Minus the Bear issued two EPs in 2004: Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them on Suicide Squeeze and They Make Beer Commercials Like This on Arena Rock. Their next full-length, the self-produced Menos el Oso (Spanish for Minus the Bear), appeared in August 2005; the remix album Interpretaciones del Oso followed in early 2007. The full-length Planet of Ice arrived later that year. In 2009 the band went into the studio with My Morning Jacket producer Joe Chiccarelli, and the following year released the album Omni through Dangerbird Records. Their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, followed on the label in 2012. Two years later, Minus the Bear returned with Lost Loves, a B-sides and rarities collection featuring songs culled from the recording sessions of their previous three studio albums. Voids, the group's much-anticipated sixth studio album, dropped in 2017. ~ Laurel Greenidge
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  1.   Song
  2.   Pachuca Sunrise
  3.   Hooray
  4.   Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
  5.   Knights
  6.   My Time
  7.   Throwin' Shapes
  8.   Fine + Two Pts.
  9.   Drilling
  10.   Invisible
  11.   When We Escape
  12.   Last Kiss
  13.   Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
  14.   Animal Backwards
  15.   Spritz Spritz
  16.   Women We Haven't Met Yet
  17.   Drilling [P.O. S Redo]
  18.   Tame Beasts
  19.   Get Me Naked 2: the Electric Boogaloo
  20.   Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
  21.   Lighthouse
  22.   Ice Monster
  23.   Monkey Knife Fight
  24.   Silver
  25.   Let's Play Clowns
  26.   Summer Angel
  27.   Michio's Death Drive
  28.   Steel and Blood
  29.   Memphis & 53rd
  30.   Into the Mirror
  31.   Broken China
  32.   Pantsuit...Ugghhh
  33.   Excuses
  34.   Burying Luck
  35.   You're Some Sort of Big, Fat, Smart-Bug, Aren't You?
  36.   Erase
  37.   Give & Take
  38.   The Pig War
  39.   Toska
  40.   Intro
  41.   What About the Boat?
  42.   The Lucky Ones
  43.   Invented Memory
  44.   Cat Calls & Ill Means
  45.   Electric Rainbow
  46.   Walk on Air