Add Yourself to Minus the Bear

December 1st, 2010

Although the band’s name and some of their song titles (“Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!,” “Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked”) might lead you to believe Minus the Bear is a comedy act, that’s definitely not the case. Sure, their name does come from a funny place—a friend who’d gone on a date said it had gone well, like B.J. and the Bear, “minus the bear”—but this Seattle quintet isn’t afraid to go to work, touring heavily and cranking out four LPs (Omni came out earlier this year) and six EPs. The band’s blend of dark lyrics and upbeat music is its signature sound, which frontman Jake Snider calls “an interesting contrast. I think the duality often makes for a better song because it gives so much tension.” Of course, it’s not all tension, which you can find out for yourself when Minus the Bear (above, performing “Hold Me Down” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) plays Terminal 5 on Saturday.