Minus the Bear — „Farewell“ (October 21, 2021/3xLP)

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♣♠  We are thrilled to finally announce something we’ve been working on for the last couple of years since we said ‘farewell.’ The final tour truly encapsulated our 17 years together as a band and has been a fond memory to look back on throughout these past few years, the recent ones especially. With that, we are proud to announce Farewell, the live album, out October 29, 2021 via Suicide Squeeze Records. You can stream the first track, “Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse — Live”
♠♣  „Jake hovořil o čase z etapy během naší rozlučkové cesty, o tom, kolik toho uběhlo a jak to utíká. Toto živé album je záznamem časově koncentrovaných, jedinečných představení, v nichž všech nás pět v tu chvíli žije. Toto je záznam poslední noci, kterou jsme spolu měli, made portable...“
♠♣  „Jsme nadšeni, že konečně můžeme oznámit něco, na čem jsme pracovali posledních pár let od chvíle, kdy jsme řekli „sbohem“. Závěrečné turné skutečně zapouzdřilo našich 17 let, kdy jsme spolu byli kapelou, a byla to příjemná vzpomínka, na kterou se v průběhu těch let můžeme ohlédnout, zvláště těch posledních. S hrdostí oznamujeme, že 29. října 2021 vydává Farewell, živé album prostřednictvím Suicide Squeeze Records. Můžete streamovat první skladbu „Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse — Live.“
♠♣  Vezměte si „Tame Beasts“ (z alba „Voids“/March 3, 2017/Label: Suicide Squeeze) s jeho braying kytarami a kicky beatem; píseň prochází svými verši a poté se zřítí do refrénu, který je plný a plný vibrací. Zde se z kapely stává melodická singularita, soudržný a harmonický rámus, ale jen na okamžik. Možná to je důvod, proč jsou Minus The Bear mistry tohoto smíšeného zvuku: Kapela ví, kdy se otočit, kdy se rozestoupit a kdy explodovat.
♣♠  „Farewell“začíná vysoce nabitým výkonem klíčové skladby „Drilling“ z alba „Menos el Oso“. Součástí krásy sledování Minus the Bear bylo slyšet, jak se jejich písně na pódiu odvíjejí a uvědomit si, jak malá studiová magie byla do jejich alb vlastně zapojena. Minus the Bear ©SHERVIN LAINEZ
Location: Seattle, Washington, US
Release Date: October 29, 2021
Record Label: Suicide Squeeze Records
Format + Color: 3xLP on custom opaque gold vinyl (artist exclusive vinyl color)
Tracks:
01. Drilling 
02. Last Kiss 
03. Lemurs, Man, Lemurs 
04. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse 
05. Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister
06. Diamond Lightning 
07. My Time 
08. Summer Angel 
09. Cold Company 
10. Fair Enough 
11. The Fix 
12. Fine + 2 Pts 
13. I’m Totally Not Down With Rob’s Alien
14. This Ain’t a Surfin’ Movie 
15. The Game Needed Me
16. Invisible 
17. Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!! 
18. White Mystery 
19. Spritz!!! Spritz!!! 
20. Knights 
21. Let’s Play Guitar in a Five Guitar Band 
22. Hey, Wanna Throw Up?
23. Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo 
24. Into the Mirror 
25. Throwin’ Shapes 
26. Pachuca Sunrise 
Personnel:
♣  Jake Snider — Vocals / Guitar 
♣  David Knudson — Guitar
♣  Cory Murchy — Bass
♣  Alex Rose — Keyboards / Vocals
♣  Joshua Sparks — Drums
♠  James Perry — Live Sound / Tour Manager
♠  Daniel Greenblatt — Guitar / Stage Tech
♠  Ben Jarrett — Lighting Designer
♠  Todd Clifford — Merchandise
♠  Matt Nielsen — Driver
Audio Credits:
♠  Mixed and Edited by: Matt Bayles at Red Room in Seattle, WA.
♠  Shows Recorded and Mixed Live by James Perry on The Farewell Tour October — December 2018.
♠  Mastered by: Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering in Seattle, WA.
♠  Design by: Henry Owings
♠  Management: Amber Leone / Out of Office Management
♠  North American Booking — Ron Opaleski / William Morris Endeavor
♠  International Booking — Tom Taaffe / Paradigm Agency
♠  Legal — Lisa Socransky Austin
♠  Business Management — Butch Gage & Cara Jeffrey / CFG~NYMinus the Bear Description:
♣♠  Farewell opens with a highly energized performance of Menos el Oso’s crucial track “Drilling.” Part of the beauty of watching Minus the Bear was hearing their songs unfold on stage and realizing how little studio magic was actually involved in their albums. All the electric wizardry by guitarists David Knudson and Jake Snider, technicolor synth work by Alex Rose, and rhythmic interplay between drummer Joshua Sparks and bassist Cory Murchy happens in real time, and hearing the old favorites here in all their road~tested glory is an invigorating reminder of the band’s razor sharp performances and forward~thinking creativity. Minus the Bear were never a band to rest on their laurels, and Farewell immediately moves onto late career classics like the melancholic banger “Last Kiss.” The whole discography is covered — from first EP cuts like “Lemurs, Man, Lemurs” and “Hey, Wanna Throw Up?” to the title track of their final release Fair Enough. Longtime fan favorites like “Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse” and “Pachuca Sunrise” sit alongside newer hits like “Cold Company” and “Invisible.” And in between we hear the roar of the crowd, the heartfelt thanks and bittersweet ruminations on the passing of the years by Snider, and the occasional dad joke by Rose.
♣♠  Farewell covers a lot of ground across the span of its 26 songs and two~hour run time. Yet every moment is a reminder of why Minus the Bear were such an experiential live band. They were always pushing forward, evolving their sound, and finding new ways to balance brainy musicianship, pop worship, meditative sentimentality, and adrenalized fervor into their own signature concoction. Further bolstered by the mix of Matt Bayles and master job by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, the album sounds like a fully immersive live experience. Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to offer Farewell to the world on October 29, 2021 as a 3xLP and on digital formats. The initial pressing is limited to 3,000 copies (1,900 on custom opaque gray vinyl — retail exclusive, 600 on custom opaque gold vinyl — artist exclusive, 500 on custom opaque red vinyl — label exclusive).

Tame Beasts
Minus the Bear
It’s hard to think, it’s hard to think
We’re all tame beasts taken out of the wild
We smoke and drink, we smoke and drink
To escape concrete, to get loved like a child
We swing blank sheets, we swing blank sheets
We write so cheap and it works for a while
We skip heart beats, we skip heart beats
We don’t know fun since we fell out of style
Where do we go, where do we lose ourselves?
It feels like the world is ending
We can’t break away to an open space
With the death of us impending
We can’t break away to an open space
We’re on the brink, we’re on the brink
Beyond critique and we don’t reconcile
We’re out of sync, we’re out of sync
We think in screams, we’ve been drained for a while
Don’t stop to blink, don’t stop to blink
We’ve dug to deep and we’ve drowned in denial
We skip heart beats, we skip heart beats
This reckless love should fall out of style
Where do we go, where do we lose ourselves?
It feels like the world is ending
We can’t break away to an open space
With the death of us impending
We can’t break away to an open space
It’s hard to think we’re all tame beasts taken out of the wild
We smoke and drink to escape concrete, to get loved like a child
It feels like the world is ending
We can’t break away, we can’t break away
With the death of us impending
We can’t break away to an open space
If you saw the ending (why’d you break away)
Would you stop pretending (to an open space)
If you saw the ending (why’d you break away)
Would you stop pretending (to an open space)
WEB: https://merch.ambientinks.com/collections/minusthebear
Dane Erbach | Feb 27, 2017 | https://substreammagazine.com/2017/02/minus-the-bear-voids-review/
Review „Menos el Oso“ | by Adam Moerder | AUGUST 23 2005 | Score: 7.1:
♣♠  https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/5326-menos-el-oso/