To go hand in hand with our series of reviews on a better chunk of their discography, today’s 3 of the Week centers around indie-rock vets Minus the Bear – and all of their pedal-zapping, finger-tapping goodness. While at this point it’s not unheard of to not be familiar with the band, it would make perfect sense for those not entirely familiar with the band’s craft to need a bit of a road map to make their way towards the currently evolved sound of their most recent LP Infinity Overhead. That being the case, let’s take a look at three tracks in the Minus the Bear catalog that show different looks from the band throughout the years.
1. “The Fix” – from Menos El Oso
Pretty much instantly recognizable from the DL4-fed melody that anchors this track, “The Fix” comes at us with off-kilter drumming and memorable hooks. The rock-out chorus provides a repeat of the motif while amping up the energy in this fairly powerful, yet deliciously gripping jam – combining dancey with spacey with surely awesome results.
2. “Into the Mirror” – from Omni
MTB purists have their squalls with this record, as the band dipped heavily into their keyboard arsenal while also amping up the dance-floor element of the band’s sound. “Into the Mirror” has an almost retro tone to its popping synth and gorgeous guitar lines. There’s a handful of different words to describe the execution, but the track is surely a different vein to tap from the band as they push their jam tendencies to otherworldly places.
3. “Throwin’ Shapes” – from Planet Of Ice
Ending up as one of the singles from said record, “Throwin’ Shapes” is a lush adventure of upbeat drums and constantly grooving guitars. If anything, the grand, yet noodling guitars find the right balance between technical and accessible, making it easy enough to get lost in the dual guitars and just right mid-range vocal lines. While certainly picky in its bouncier moments, the band flexes its melodic muscles with no regret here for one of the many ridiculously good moments of Planet Of Ice.