|Minus the Bear — Acoustics II (2013)|
Minus the Bear — Acoustics II
♠ Minus the Bear releases unplugged and re-imagined classics with two new songs on new ten song LP.
Formed: 2001 in Seattle, WA
Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Album release: September 10, 2013
Record Label: Suicide Squeeze
01. Riddles (3:31)
02. The Game Needed Me (3:00)
03. Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse (4:32)
04. Diamond Lightning (4:34)
05. Hooray (4:07)
06. The Storm (3:31)
07. When We Escape (3:41)
08. Summer Angel (5:07)
09. Empty Party Rooms (3:41)
10. Dayglod Vista Rd (4:10)
♠ Jake Snider (vocals, guitar)
♠ David Knudson (guitar)
♠ Cory Murchy (bass)
♠ Alex Rose (keyboards, saxophone, vocals, programming)
♠ Erin Tate (drums & percussion)
♠ Recorded Acoustics II with longtime collaborator/producer Matt Bayles at his Red Room studio in Seattle this past Spring.
♠ The name "Minus the Bear" comes from an in-joke among the band members, referring to the '70s television series B. J. and the Bear. "A friend of the band had gone on a date,” explains singer-guitarist Jake Snider, "and one of us asked him afterwards how the date went. Our friend said, 'You know that TV show from the '70s, B.J. and the Bear? It was like that... minus the Bear.' That’s the straight truth."
Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/minusthebear
• Un second album acoustique, mais plus fourni que le précédent et qui reprend la même formule: Un choix de titres appréciés par les fans et 2 nouveaux titres. Une excellente occasion pour découvrir ce groupe d'indie rock de Seattle à l'univers musical particulier n'hésitant pas à nuancer leur rock de délicates touches pop ou prog.
• Lead vocalist and guitarist in the band Minus the Bear. He also plays guitar in Onalaska. He has previously been a part of the bands Sharks Keep Moving and State Route 522.
Born: March 22, 1976 (age 37)
Origin: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
• Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with two mini humbuckers
• Gretsch Roundup early Japanese reissue with two Filtertron Pickups
• Fender 1952 reissue Telecaster
• Gibson Les Paul 295 Goldtop (April 2008 Guitar of the Month)
• Just as guitarist Dave Knudson has done, Jake switched to a Mesa Boogie Lonestar (although Jake's is a 1x12 special) with custom white Tolex (with the exception of the 2X12" extension cabinet) circa Planet of Ice
• Fender Twin Reverb (used as rental abroad)
• 3 x Line 6 DL-4s
• BBE Green Screamer
• Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer (No Longer Used Live)
• Moog Moogerfooger MuRF
• Maxon Phase Tone
• Electro-Harmonix HOG Guitar Synthesizer with foot controller
• Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Nano
• Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb
• Loop Master five switch system which acts as an effects loop, making the pedals true bypass and allowing Jake to switch between effects while singing without having to "tap dance".
• Boss RC-2 Loop Station
• Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner Pedal
• FX Doctor-The Scalpel. Neat pedal which cuts the volume without losing tone.
• Line 6 M13
Artist Biography by Laurel Greenidge
¶ 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 band 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 provides 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 Commericals 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 band released the full-length Planet of Ice 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.
|Minus the Bear — Acoustics II (2013)|