Minus the Bear announce new album & tour dates + stream “Invisible”

Minus the Bear are excited to announce their new album VOIDS, due out March 3rd. VOIDS is the Seattle band’s sixth full-length album, and first new LP in half a decade. It also marks the band’s return to their original label home, Suicide Squeeze Records, a longtime pillar of the Emerald City’s vaunted indie rock scene. Fans can hear “Invisible”, the first single off VOIDS, and learn more about the album via an interview with Noisey posted today. Minus the Bear have also announced a 29 date spring tour with support from Beach Slang and Bayonne.  Tickets are on sale this Friday, January 13th at 10 am local time, but a limited VIP pre-sale is available now via vip.minusthebear.com. A full list of dates and tour poster can be found below.

Stream “Invisible” from VOIDS at Noisey via SoundCloud

Pre-Order VOIDS and purchase exclusive Pre-Order bundles

via Suicide Squeeze Records and MinusTheBear.com

For the past 15 years Minus the Bear have made music on their own terms while carving out their own unique musical world, selling over 500k records in the process and playing to countless sold out crowds along the way. This isn’t to say they’re impervious to outside influence. They’ve borrowed components from a wide swath of genres—the brainy clangor of New York’s proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rock—but always managed to defy classification.

Throughout the first decade of their existence, every new album offered a new musical approach, as seen in the idiosyncratic fretboard gymnastics of Highly Refined Pirates, the glitchy loops of Menos el Oso, or the modernized Fripp- inspired wizardry of Planet of Ice. By the time the band entered our current decade, their knack for reinvention yielded to an emphasis on refinement. Albums like OMNI and Infinity Overhead searched for a middle ground where their myriad of stylistic approaches could all work within the context of a single record.

On their sixth album VOIDS, produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club), Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. “There was a lot of change and uncertainty,” says guitarist David Knudson. “I think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyones’ minds.”

Change was everywhere. Keyboardist/vocalist Alex Rose took on a more prominent role in composition and handled lead vocal duties in Jake Snider’s stead on songs like “Call the Cops,” “Tame Beasts,” and “Robotic Heart,” drummer Kiefer Matthias joined the fold, producer Bell lent a fresh set of ears in the studio, and the band returned to their original label home at Suicide Squeeze Records. Minus the Bear were no longer swept along by the momentum that had driven them for the last fifteen years. Instead, they reached a point where they could recalibrate and redefine who they were as a musical entity. The resulting album VOIDS retains many of the band’s signature qualities—the hedonistic tales of nighttime escapism and candid vignettes of adulthood, the savvy up-tempo beats, the layered and nuanced instrumentation—while simultaneously reminding us of the musical wanderlust that initially put them on the map.

Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release VOIDS to the world on March 3rd, 2017 on CD, LP and cassette. The first pressing of the album is available on 1,000 copies of Electric Blue (Minus The Bear exclusive) vinyl, 5,000 copies of splatter colored vinyl and 5,000 copies of 180 gram black vinyl. The LP jacket features PMS inks, a die-cut cover with a printed inner sleeve and contains a download code. The cassette version is limited to 500 copies and also includes a download code.


Upcoming tour dates below…

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Tickets are on sale this Friday, January 13th at 10 am local time

Limited VIP pre-sale is available now via vip.minusthebear.com.

All dates with Beach Slang and Bayonne supporting unless otherwise noted.


10 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

12 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

14 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

20 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

23 – Richmond, VA @ The National

24 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

26 – Boston, MA @ Royale

28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

30 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

31 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House


01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

02 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

05 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

06 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

07 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

08 – San Antonio, TX @ Maverick Music Festival

10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater

13 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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