Minus The Bear Tours and Gets Supportive Words for New Album

Minus The Bear Tour Dates:

9/28 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop – Late (Subtle supports)

9/29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel*

9/30 – Buffalo, NY – Traif Music Hall*

10/1 – Toronto, ON – Opera House -(TBA?)

10/3 — Cambridge, MA – The Middle East*

10/4 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East*

10/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw*

10/6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

10/7 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom*

10/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*

10/10– Washington, DC — Black Cat*

10/11 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva^

10/12 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse**

10/13 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall**

10/14 – Orlando, FL — The Club at Firestone**

10/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Culture Room**

10/16 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon**

10/18 — New Orleans, LA –House of Blues**

10/19 – Austin, TX – Emo’s **

10/20 – Houston, TX – Numbers**

10/21 –Dallas, TX – Palladium**

10/23 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom**

10/24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre**

10/25 – Sauget, IL – Pops**

10/26 – Chicago, IL – Metro***

10/27 – Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue ***

10/28 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown***

10/29 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre***

10/31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre***

11/1 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre***

11/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon***

11/4 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse***

11/6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore***

11/8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom***

11/9 – Bellingham, WA – Viking Union Western Washington Univ***

11/10 – Seattle, WA – Showbox***

##w/ Smashing Pumpkins, Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Satellite Party, Hot Hot Heat, Paramore, and more

*w/Subtle, Ela

^w/ Helio Sequence, Ela

**w/ Helio Sequence, Tiny Vipers

***w/Helio Sequence, Grand Archives

INSTORES/RADIO SESSIONS

10/8 – Philadelphia, PA — WXPN World Café in studio performance (airdate TBA)

Planet of Ice quotes-

Planet Of Ice finds the Seattle quintet more comfortable in their own skin, exploring looser, more organic arrangements and indulging next-gen guitar god Dave KnudsonÂ’s psychedelic side. The tightly wound dance numbers are dancier (“Knights”); the slow sex jams are sexier (“White Mystery”); Cory MurchyÂ’s bass and Erin TateÂ’s drums are as in synch as ever (the punchy, dirty “When We Escape”); and new keyboardist Alex Rose gives the synths a much stronger role than ever before, both with brilliant countermelodies and sublime textures – [4.5/5 Stars – Planet of Ice Review] – ALTERNATIVE PRESS

Before delving into the many virtues (and modest shortcomings) of perpetually underrated rock savants Minus the Bear, a quick word for those new to guitarist Dave KnudsonÂ’s axe attack: DudeÂ’s one of rockÂ’s most dynamic, distinctive instrumental voices. Period. So go buy some plastic sheeting, cover the walls and spread the style section all over your floor while his pluck-positive, finger funhouses blow your freaking mind. Jake Snider keeps his fingers all over IceÂ’s thermostat, his tales of misappropriated personal currency (“White Mystery”) and corporate disconnect (the jawdroppingly dense “Dr. LÂ’Ling”) providing the titular chill while his hushed romantics (“ThrowinÂ’ Shapes”) beckon the thaw. MtB play the part of Trotsky subtle, tenderly thawing their frozen world rather than swinging away, picks-in-paws – [Planet of Ice Review] FILTER

Its both a definite assertion of a new direction and and an exciting tease for whatever may come next for Minus the Bear- [Planet of Ice feature] SKYSCRAPER

Minus the Bear has once again extended their sound in a powerful way, cleverly re-invigorating what lies at the center of their musical efforts. With longer songs, louder words, and catchy-as-hell guitar parts, this album is both immediately gratifying and deceptively interesting – [Planet of Ice Review] DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY

“Throwin Shapes” is in and out under three minutes, and you get the sense that Minus The Bear’s minds are on the track’s interlocking-guit hook with every second, in every section; even the bridge stays close to the chorus, with some components disassembled to remind you the Seattle band has paid its road dues and spent its time in the shed. Accessible track with detours in the soundscapes. – [“Throwin’ Shapes” from Planet of Ice Track Review] STEREOGUM

Take a musical journey with this new song from Minus the Bear’s upcoming album, “Planet of Ice.” The track begins with a hint of ambient electronica, then jumps into choppy Gang of Four territory. When lead singer Jake Snider enters, you may imagine you are listening to … Roger Waters! … and there’s more than a touch of the Floyd lurking in the Bear’s honey pot. Listen to the repeated guitar figures while synthesizers squeal in the background. True to the Bear tradition, the song’s strange title is left unexplained. [“Dr. LÂ’Ling” from Planet of Ice Track Review ] – LA TIMES

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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