Minus the Bear: Ten Year Anniversary Tour
With the cover art pattern used on their seminal debut LP, "Highly Refined Pirates," as their backdrop, and a light show on acid, Seattle’s Minus the Bear thrilled a packed house at Ace of Spades on Monday night.
The band is wrapping up their 10 Year Anniversary Tour, celebrating a decade of music and performing “Pirates,” released in 2002, in its entirety.
The popular math-rockers put on a tremendous performance for a very jazzed audience. Featuring guitarist Dave Knudson’s signature complex finger-tapping guitar work – used on every song on “Pirates,” the band combined powerhouse indie band swagger with down-to-earth Northwestern charm.
Songs like "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse" and "Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister," which sound good and maybe even a little quirky when recorded, gained heft and intensity when played live. During "’Absinthe," a flashing light sequence kicked in when the verses turned into the more up-tempo choruses. This complemented the music perfectly, although for much of the show, three thin light panels backlighting the band were a bit much and a bit distracting.
"We’ve been playing our first album across the country," said Snider. "This is the third to last show of the tour. It’s been a fucking awesome ten years and thank you Sacramento for being a part of it!"
Opening for Minus the Bear was Santa Rosa’s, The Velvet Teen.
Photos by Steven Chea