The Game Needed Them

Minus the Bear’s new record, Infinity Overhead, will be released on August 28, 2012.  The Seattle math-rock crew’s last full length was OMNI in 2010. That batch of songs strayed slightly from their tried and true formula of electronic-infused guitar rock with more oddball time signatures than a Steve Albini mixtape, and moved towards a dreamier, pop oriented sound.  See “Summer Angel” and “Hold Me Down” as a reference point.

I’ve been a fan of these guys for years now.  They’re nerdy, wordy and talented as hell.  Menos El Oso, in my opinion their strongest record to date, is the type of thing you can listen to and appreciate like a good film. There are angles and elements you don’t recognize until a second and third listen.  They also create some of the strangest, snarkiest song titles in the business.  Not many serious bands could pull off songs with titles like “Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister” and “I Lost All My Money At The Cock Fights”, both from their 2002 debut, Highly Refined Pirates.  Sexy stuff, indeed.


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