Live: Minus the Bear
Who: Minus the Bear
Where: Common Grounds, Gainesville, Florida
When: May 18, 2006
Minus the Bear seem like a bunch of dudes who take themselves way too seriously. (Not what you'd expect from a band who has titled songs along the lines of "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked")
Don't get me wrong, their set is not a bad one by far. Technically, they were perfect. The guitars were a little low in the mix and the bass a little high, but that made me realize exactly how fucking awesome their underrated bass player, Corey Murchy, manages the rhythm section. Sadly, the most anticipated song of the night, "Pachuca Sunrise," was the most poorly executed: it's pace too slow, it's emotion too lacking. The best songs of the set were Menos El Oso compatriots "Drilling," "The Fix," "Fulfill the Dream," and "The Game Needed Me," whose otherworldly polyrhythms had guitarist David Knudson swinging on his effects pedal like an Olympic speed-skater rounding a turn. The premier of "a new song" had me seeing visions of the band as a late summer M2 megahit.
The crowd was a mix of DudeBrahs, their Sorors, and the indie dedicated. This concoction calls for a certain amount of tolerance on behalf of the band, which they sorely lacked. When a Volcom clad attendee climbed the stairs to pull off the inevitable sophmoric stage dive, lead singer Jake Snider abandoned all efforts to keep the song ("Hooray") together in an effort to physically harm the offender. Not cool, brah. Let it go. We want you guys to have a good time too.