When it comes to pure sonic ambiance done by a band named after an inside joke about an 80s TV show, Minus the Bear has to be one of the best. They’ve pumped out three full length albums and five EPs. Now the band readies the masses for its new album with the first track from the followup to 2007’s Planet of Ice.
Per PunkNews.org, the song, titled “Into the Mirror” and which debuted on Filter‘s website earlier this week, is an even keeled selection with an 80s lounge act vibe, where the smoke of some dive surrounds the lighter than air guitar and the tubular synth.
“This album has more scope than the past records, says guitarist Dave Knudson. Some songs are more poppy and immediate while others expand on the complexities we’re known for.
The band’s fourth album is expected to hit stores in early 2010. The band worked with Joe Chiccarelli, who has also produced My Morning Jacket and The White Stripes. The song gets a digital release on October 27th and will also be featured on a limited edition 7” along with “Broken China”. Until then, check out the song below and the band’s November/December U.S. tour dates.
Minus The Bear 2009 Tour Dates:
10/10 – Seattle, WA @ Pyramid Breweries
10/15 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/20 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10/31 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
11/01 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
11/02 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
11/03 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
11/04 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/06 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Door
11/07 – Pharr, TX @ Jagz
11/08 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
11/11 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
11/12 – Athens. GA @ 40 Watt Club
11/13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/14 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
11/15 – Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
11/17 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
11/18 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
11/19 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
11/21 – DeKalb, IL @ Otto’s Niteclub
11/22 – Des Moines, IA @ The House of Bricks
11/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
11/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
11/28 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory