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Seattle, Washington, United States (2001 – present)

Minus the Bear are a group which formed in Seattle, Washington, United States in 2001 and have released four albums and four EPs. The band consists of Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass), Alex Rose (synths, vocals) and Erin Tate (drums). Original keyboardist Matt Bayles left the band in 2006, but has remained on good terms with the band and produced their 2007 album Planet of Ice. The band is known for their amusing song titles such as “Hey, Wanna Throw Up?” and “Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!”. Despite this light humor, the band’s music is quite technical.

Members of the band were formerly in the bands Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Their sound involves a mix of Pele-esque guitar-taps and electronics, with a Don Caballero-esque sophistication of composition. The name Minus the Bear comes from the famed TV show B.J. and the Bear—minus the bear.

After initially forming in 2001 with guitarist David Knudson, bassist Cory Murchy, and drummer Erin Tate, the trio eventually recruited keyboardist/sequencer Matt Bayles and vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider. They released their debut EP This is What I Know About Being Gigantic on September 14, 2001 through Suicide Squeeze Records—who would subsequently release the majority of their albums and EPs.

The following year, on August 8, 2002, in preparation for the up-coming album the band was working on, they released the 5 track promo EP Bands Like It When You Yell “Yar!” At Them. On December 2, 2002, the band released their first full-length album, Highly Refined Pirates.


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  • 0-172

    Based on this post ericbearclaw's opinions have been rendered completely unworthy of consideration from here on out: "planet of ice>menos el oso>pirates>infinity>omni>acoustics>acoustics2"

    28 Sep 4:15pm Reply
  • module64

    el oso menos celoso

    27 Sep 7:08pm Reply
  • Alex_Trap

    I neeed 2 tickets for the show coming up in Pittsburgh somebody message me

    4 Sep 2:43pm Reply
  • lipwreck

    Planet of Ice is godly and I started with Menos el Oso. both are nice, though.

    15 Aug 4:41am Reply
  • PonKsX

    planet of ice over menos el oso any day.

    29 Jul 2:12pm Reply
  • NixterT

    Acoustic II pans to the left too much and it hurts my brain/ears

    24 Jun 7:36pm Reply
  • annasageisaband

    looking for new music? Give us a try. Indianapolis emo music. Free download!

    20 Apr 6:27pm Reply
  • knight_88

    Such a great band!

    17 Apr 3:57am Reply
  • Thonydef

    from playing/practicing 1 song from these guys I ended up loving the crap out of them!

    3 Apr 11:05pm Reply
  • equinox-a

    >acoustics and acoustics ii >below omni >below infinity overhead Are you fucking joking with this shit?

    3 Apr 8:57pm Reply
  • Alex_Trap

    I listened and loved every album they came out with, yes, even OMNI.[2]

    30 Mar 9:52am Reply
  • Thewolfred

    I listened and loved every album they came out with, yes, even OMNI.

    25 Feb 6:42am Reply
  • sco703

    The man in the hole has smoked up all my income

    18 Feb 11:46pm Reply
  • belphegoria

    I hate people stacking albums against each other. This band makes grand albums all around. Planet of Ice was where I got into them from. Also, it gives me fond memories of my ex while things were good with him. Thanks Minus The Bear for great tunes.

    8 Feb 3:46am Reply
  • iamdestructobot

    v They both do sound amazing. The most vocal OMNI critics are usually fans who got into MtB way before its release, and see their earlier albums as *the* MtB sound. OMNI strayed so far away from that, so there was that initial disappointment from old fans. It grows on you, though. I like OMNI now.

    8 Feb 3:46am Reply
  • conditionals

    Just getting into them, and honestly I like all the albums. Wouldn't have guessed that OMNI is so hated and Menos El Oso is so revered. Both sound amazing to me. Also dig the album covers.

    6 Feb 10:45pm Reply
  • Alex_Trap

    Planet of Ice. That is all

    2 Jan 2:36pm Reply
  • bombtrack

    could listen to them for days.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AColdDayInHell

    Menos El Oso > Planet Of Ice > They Make Beer Commercials Like This > Infinity Overhead = Acoustics = Highly Refined Pirates > Omni > Acoustics II

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • NolSinkler

    @ericbearclaw honestly I think Pirates is my favorite

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
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