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Thursday, April 6, 2017
@minusthebear this Friday 4/7 w/ @beachslang & @bayonne @DelmarHallstl
Minus The Bear (WA) will be performing in support of their latest album and Tour "VOIDS" this Friday at Delmar Hall along with Beach Slang (PA) and Bayonne (TX). General Admission is $22.50 in advance or $25.00 day of show. This is an all-ages show, minors will incur a $2 surcharge at the door. Doors are at 7pm, show is at 8pm. For more info. visit the official Facebook event page HERE.
VOIDS marks the Seattle band’s first new full-length in five years and is also their return to their original label home, the venerable Suicide Squeeze Records. Fans interested in getting one last preview of the new songs found on the album before its release later this week can stream the song “What About The Boat?”, debuted today via Billboard’s interview with Jake Snider. Minus the Bear will soon be embarking on a 29-date spring tour across North America that kicks off at SXSW 2017 and culminating in a hometown Seattle show on April 15th.
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.”
Minus The Bear is Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass guitar), and Alex Rose (synthesizers, vocals).
Beach Slang are a band who have garnered a lot of attention considering that they've only released two 7-inches, 2014's Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street and its companion Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken? Refreshingly this Philadelphia-based act have built their hype the old-fashioned way, without any gimmicks or marketing teams, which makes sense when you consider that frontman and writer James Alex cut his teeth in the Pennsylvania pop-punk act Weston while drummer JP Flexner and bassist Ed McNulty also play in buzzed about projects such as Ex-Friends and Crybaby. However there's something indefinable about Beach Slang's music that evokes the spirit of punk and juxtaposes it into something that's as brutally honest as it is infectiously catchy.
Bayonne was featured last year in Rolling Stone's article, "Ten Artists You Need To Know About".