For the past six years, Seattle's Minus the Bear have orbited the music world like a distant meteor, fine-tuning their brand of indie rock and discovering how technology can help enhance the band's unique pop vision - all of which is about to culminate with their latest full-length Planet of Ice, an album showing the band not so much transforming their sound as transcending it.
For the past six years, Seattle's Minus the Bear have orbited the music world like a distant meteor, fine-tuning their brand of indie rock and discovering how technology can help enhance the band's unique pop vision - all of which is about to culminate with their latest full-length Planet of Ice, an album showing the band not so much transforming their sound as transcending it.
803238006529

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Format: CD
Label: SSQ
Catalog: 80065
Rel. Date: 08/21/2007
UPC: 803238006529

Planet of Ice
Artist: Minus The Bear
Format: CD
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For the past six years, Seattle's Minus the Bear have orbited the music world like a distant meteor, fine-tuning their brand of indie rock and discovering how technology can help enhance the band's unique pop vision - all of which is about to culminate with their latest full-length Planet of Ice, an album showing the band not so much transforming their sound as transcending it.

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Irony: Essentially a supergroup of expats from Seattle's most adventurous post-hardcore outfits (Botch, Kill Sadie, Sharks Keep Moving), Minus the Bear forged their own unique tap-driven indie sound five years ago, but wound up sorta boxing themselves in via sheer repetition. Perhaps last year's remix companion to sophomore full-length Menos el Oso sparked their creativity again, 'cause despite what the title suggest, Ice really undulates. "Dr. L'Ling" and "Burying Luck" are supersaturated, tripped-out epics that artfully exploit frontman Jake Snider's long-standing fascination with girls and the ocean. Interestingly, founding keyboardist and go-to metal producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, Planes Mistaken for Stars) passed the FX torch to engineer Alex Rose, and the band hasn't skipped a beat. Well, they artificially skip beats courtesy of, like, effects pedals all the time, but' ah, forget it. You buy album now.