Minus the Bear’s MySpace page says their sound is like this: tick tick tick, tick-tick tick tick. And that’s really the best way to put it. Their technical string work, scientific drumbeats, and sonic effects blur into rocking indie tunes that are tough to dislike. With lyrics that make you want to buy some wine, call the hottest thing in your phonebook and drive to the beach to make a memory; MTB’s vibe is as infectious as is it unique. -Travis Ferré
SURFING MAGAZINE: HOW DID THE BAND GET TOGETHER?
CORY MURCHY: We just all started hanging out through the music scene in Seattle, playing in different bands. All our bands we were in previously played together and I’d been bugging Dave (lead singer) about playing music for a long time. Erin (drummer) and I had grown up together, so it was only natural that we’d morph together. We basically formed like Voltron from there. It was some serious Wu-Tang shit.
ARE YOU GUYS A BAND THAT LIKES TO TOUR, OR IS IT MORE OF A CHORE?
No we love it. It’s one of those things like 50% of being in a band is great because you get to tour and then 50% is great because you get to be at home writing songs. But we love touring. It’s a completely different thing than being at home. It’s cool and different in a good way.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED WHEN YOU’RE ON THE ROAD CONSTANTLY ?
I think being on the road for so long is what makes you inspired to go home and do it. By the time your 6 week tour is done, you’re just like, “F—k, I just want to get home and write some new music.” Then you get home and do it and you’re jazzed. When we get home, everyone brings different music to the table, and different ideas, so that gets you inspired as well.
WHAT KIND OF STUFF INSPIRES YOU GUYS?
It’s always changing really. There isn’t any sort of music genre or particularband. The last record that we did, there was definitely some electronic music inspiration that came out on a certain batch of the songs. Just taking guitars and making them not sound like guitars, using pedals and stuff. Our new stuff is really collaborative. I hate to use the term organic, but that’s kind of how it comes out.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS HAVE COMING UP IN THE FUTURE?
We have a remix record coming out February 22nd, and we start recording a whole new record February 1st.
WHAT’s THE “IT” THING TO DO ON THIS TOUR?
Make fun of the band, Russian Circles. They’re an amazing band from Chicago—just don’t tell them that. No, but It’s actually rad because we all get along on this tour. It’s always nice when you’re able to get 30 people together that like each other, like people you would actually want to go to the bar with all together after a show. That makes it way easier on tour.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO ON A DAY OFF?
We don’t have those. We’re usually driving all day. One time we had a day off, and we spent the entire day in the hotel room, doing nothing. We didn’t know what to do. Basically what we do is what you see now, and what we’ll be doing on the stage later. That’s what we do.
WHAT SONGS DO YOU LIKE PLAYING LIVE THE MOST?
New ones. I like playing Drilling, even though it’s long and brutal on me as a drummer. Michio’s Death Drive, and Pony Up, are older ones we’ve never played live before, so that’s exciting for us. But yeah, playing new songs is the most fun even though people will stare at you like, “What the f–k is this?” But once people realize they’ve heard it down the road when it comes out, they feel in because they’ve heard it, so that’s rad for them. So playing the new ones is like playing for the future. We’re a classic rock band of the future.
“Interpretaciones del Oso”
(Feb. 22nd, 2006 on Suicide Squeeze Records)Categorizing Minus the Bear is a nightmare. It’s something like an experimental, alternative, hip-hop, jazz-rock band with fleshy, live-in-the-moment lyrics Their newest release Interpretaciones del Oso is a refreshing and very danceable take on their 2005 release, Menos el Oso, remixed just right by cutting edge Dj’s.
“Menos el Oso”
(2006, Suicide Squeeze Records)
Their latest record is a heavily layered beautiful mess that will either inspire you to get off you ass and do something or drink heavily – which is exactly what a good rock record should do.