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Minus The Bear

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  • Formed: Seattle, WA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Group Members: Jake Snider
  • Website: http://www.minusthebear.com
  • Recent Activity: 10.19.16 It's @mattbayles day—happy birthday! Hope you get even more sweet recording gear when you blow out your candles!
  • Minus The Bear

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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Jake Snider

All Music Guide:

With catchy song titles like "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked," "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!," and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs," it's hard not to be at least a little bit curious about this Seattle-based quintet. Featuring members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear emerged on Seattle's music scene in 2001 with the release of their six-song EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. The band comprised guitarist Dave Knudson, vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, drummer Erin Tate, and bassist Cory Murchy. Though the bandmembers entered the studio before they ever played a show, they toured aggressively in support of the EP, then returned to the studio to record 2002's Highly Refined Pirates, their first full-length album. Both the EP and LP were released by Seattle-based Suicide Squeeze Records.

Though the song titles may lead one to believe that they're a novelty act, Minus the Bear provide polished, shrewdly arranged songs. Finger-tapped guitar riffs mixed with catchy melodies and unexpected time changes keep listeners interested and entertained. Minus the Bear issued two EPs in 2004: Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them on Suicide Squeeze and They Make Beer Commercials Like This on Arena Rock. Their next full-length, the self-produced Menos el Oso (Spanish for Minus the Bear), appeared in August 2005; the remix album Interpretaciones del Oso followed in early 2007. The band released the full-length Planet of Ice later that year. In 2009 the band went into the studio with My Morning Jacket producer Joe Chiccarelli, and the following year released the album Omni through Dangerbird Records. Their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, followed on the label in 2012. Two years later Minus the Bear returned with Lost Loves, a B-sides and rarities collection featuring songs culled from the recording sessions of their previous three studio albums.


  • 10.19.16 It's @mattbayles day—happy birthday! Hope you get even more sweet recording gear when you blow out your candles!
  • 10.13.16 It's @DavidKnudson day!!! Everyone wish a happy birthday to the one and only David Knudson! 🎂🎉🎊🎈🤘#40spankings
  • 09.28.16 Please consider donating to a suicide prevention resource today. Keep Going. https://t.co/hQCAj6yjou
  • 09.23.16 RT @suicidesqueeze: About: Suicide Squeeze Records - Urban Outfitters - Blog: https://t.co/uBgpu6RFD7 via @urbanoutfitters @minusthebear @…
  • 09.14.16 15 yrs ago we played our very 1st show! Thanks to all our fans for being the best! We LOVE you! https://t.co/fFRzaml8F4
  • 09.10.16 RT @suicidesqueeze: Giving away a @minusthebear prize pack! Head over to https://t.co/97HDt5rEBW for more info https://t.co/09H4rWtXkA
  • 08.28.16 Thanks Portland!!! Spokane c u tonight! 📱: @nghtblnd @ Wonder Ballroom https://t.co/lcx2tM9K9U
  • 08.27.16 See you tonight Seattle! Let's party like it's 1996!!!! https://t.co/cGh0CVgU1s
  • 08.26.16 RT @Do206: 1st 100 people in the door get a @suicidesqueeze swag bag tonight at @stgpresents Neptune! https://t.co/ah7vHvbh3T https://t.co/…
  • 08.26.16 Gonna swing by this thing tonight... 🎸🎤🎸🎤 https://t.co/lbNgyGQ9jW
  • 08.26.16 SEATTLE! @suicidesqueeze 20th anniversary tomorrow at Neptune. Lineup is incredible. https://t.co/D6GzN61VKz https://t.co/vFchtpXvXV
  • 08.25.16 Thank you, Vancouver!!! We really do need to hang out more often. #yvr Up next: Seattle +… https://t.co/QHJrAF4095