VOIDS (CD)


Minus The Bear

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Amoeba Review

03/01/2017

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from math-rock stalwarts Minus the Bear. The Seattle band released its fifth album, the well-received Infinity Overhead, back in 2012. Since then, the band released an EP and toured a bit, but the biggest news was a change in label, management, and the departure of founding drummer Erin Tate. Fear not — despite these changes, VOIDS is the best the band has sounded in a while, funneling their tricky time signatures, densely layered guitar taps, and Jake Snider’s high, soaring vocals into catchy tunes that keep up with the current crop of festival-friendly indie rock bands. First single “Invisible” is a pure distillation of the Minus the Bear sound that ranks as one of their best singles yet, an anthemic ode to not bowing out as Snider chants “you’re not invisible” like a rallying cry to his band and fans. All the while, Minus the Bear reflect the changes that come with maturation, on moody, evocative tunes like “What About the Boat?” (sample lyric: “I hit the bottle like a brick/Shatter it on my anxiety”), on which new drummer Kiefer Matthias more than proves his mettle, balancing the icy synths and exploratory guitars with a strong, tethered beat. Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing; on VOIDS, it seems to have reinvigorated Minus the Bear.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Last Kiss
Minus The Bear 04:31
2.
Give & Take
Minus The Bear 03:42
3.
Call The Cops
Minus The Bear 03:40
4.
Invisible
Minus The Bear 03:56
5.
What About The Boat?
Minus The Bear 05:07
6.
Silver
Minus The Bear 05:53
7.
Tame Beasts
Minus The Bear 04:20
8.
Erase
Minus The Bear 05:10
9.
Robotic Heart
Minus The Bear 04:27
10.
Lighthouse
Minus The Bear 05:22

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