Music Madness: A Decade Of Minus The Bear

The local group concludes their 10th anniversary tour at Showbox at the Market.

Minus the Bear

When: Friday, Nov. 11

Tickets: $20 per person (here)

Check ‘Em Out: With five full-length albums and four EPs released in the last 10 years, you might assume that the members of Minus the Bear are preparing for retirement and respective solo careers. Not even close. To celebrate their decade together, the band hit the road last month to perform in more than 30 cities nationwide. Fittingly, they’ve chosen Seattle as their final stop of the tour; Velvet Teen is scheduled to open the show.

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Minus the Bear distinguishes themselves from the rest of the progressive rock pack through their use of descriptive lyricism. Each song is an easy-to-follow story, combined with their signature arrangement of powerful synth streams and heavy percussion. The group strives for a fusion of pulsing, happy beats and dark storytelling — and as a result, their sound defies simple classification.

For some married couples, the 10th anniversary is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum. Minus the Bear, on the other hand, is thinking more along the lines of vinyl — re-mastering and re-releasing their first EP, “This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic,” and their debut album, “Highly Refined Pirates,” to be exact. As if they don’t have their hands full, the group will also head into the studio soon to begin work on a new album. Whether you’ve been a fan for the long haul or recently began listening to Minus The Bear, make no mistake —  this homecoming will be one for the books.

The Venue: Showbox at the Market

While Seattle has plenty of places to catch a live show, few can say they’ve been around since the late 30’s. In that time, Showbox at the Market has been the go-to spot for a myriad of performers, from The Ramones and Pearl Jam to Kanye West and The Backstreet Boys. The venue, which boasts roughly 200 shows each year, is distinguished by its intimacy – concertgoers claim there’s not a bad seat in the house. The three bars don’t hurt, either. 

1426 1st Ave., Seattle  |  (206) 628-3151