BioI'm sure you've heard of Minus the Bear before. The banter usually goes a little like this: "Oh, their songs are totally funny. They sing about kickin' it like wild donkeys..." For anyone cares, Minus the Bear might be the best band in the world, but the full scope of band's achievements, for the most part, seem to have fallen on deaf ears in favor of stabs at one-dimensional song titles. "[In] almost every interview we've ever done, the song title thing has come up, and we just want to get people to think about what's going on musically," says MTB vocalist and guitarist Jake Snider.
In the simplest terms, song titles are not the focus of Minus The Bear; it's the music, it's always been so. With their new album, Menos El Oso, The Bear reinforce that focus and expand on it, ushering richer narratives, refined production, and emotional breadth into their sound. The song titles are more subtle, the lyrics, more thematic. The rich syncopation and calculated, but lush, musical arrangements remain—only they've been cultivated. Think early Police, add a dash of Prefuse 73’s electronic subtlety, tons of intricate musicianship, heaping mounds of sincerity and a few emotional outbursts made by ex-members of Botch, Kill Sadie, Sharks Keep Moving, and producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, The Blood Brothers), now you're getting there.