Minus the Bear is thrilled to announce an extensive fall tour of North America with Silversun Pickups in continued support of their new album VOIDS, out now on Suicide Squeeze Records. The album won praise from the likes of Noisey who lauded the “dichotomy between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock,” and Relix who called the album “an exceptionally cohesive effort that ranks among the best of its catalog to date.” Last week, the band appeared on AV Club’s “Undercover” series, where they expertly covered Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” (and accidentally busted the show’s new neon sign). Watch that video below and see a list of all upcoming tour dates including dates this August in Australia.
Watch Minus the Bear cover Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” via AV Club
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.
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.