Minus The Bear, fronted by Jake Snider, are a Seattle band that rejuvinated
emo-core by stretching Fugazi's original
aesthetics to accomodate progressive jamming driven by guitarist
Dave Knudson and keyboardist Matt Bayles' sonic follies.
The EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic (Suicide Squeeze, 2001),
with the surreal Lemurs Man Lemurs, showed all the goods, while the
album Highly Refined Pirates (Suicide Squeeze, 2002)
was bogged down by excessive filler.
The EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This (Arena Rock, 2004) veered
towards more straightforward rock'n'roll.
Menos el Oso (2005) winked at power-pop (The Game Needed Me).
Interpretaciones del Oso (2007) is a remix of some tracks from
Menos el Oso.
Planet of Ice (Suicide Squeeze, 2007), replacing Matt Bayles with new keyboardist Alex Rose, is both an aural experience (impeccable production and
playing) and a cerebral experience (convoluted structures and mood shifts).
Double Vision Quest, Ice Monster,
the seven-minute Dr L'Ling and especially the nine-minute Lotus
make for some pleasant while disorienting listening.
Omni (2010) boasted a broad palette of style, enhanced with heavier
electronic arrangements, but it all sounded like a trick to hide the dearth
Infinity Overhead (2012) and Voids (2017) simply lacked inspiration.
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