Artist: Minus the Bear Video: "Steel and Blood" Highlight: "Steel and Blood" is…
- Posted on Dec 5th 2010 8:30PM by DJ Lanphier
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Their Saturday night (Dec. 4) show at Terminal 5 in New York City was a rapt lesson in deep, funky grooves, heady, bombastic, '70's progressive rock movements, modern and classic technology and the good old-fashioned rock n' roll guitar jam. It's an interesting approach that relies heavily upon front man Jake Snider's fiery vocals, electric guitar-hero riffs and wild presence, drummer Erin Tate's syncopated attack (reminiscent of Rush's Neil Peart), bassist Cory Murchy's deep, solid mix of funk and grunge, keyboardist Alex Rose's classic whirling yet subtle synthesizer work and of course, Dave Knudsen's passionate, stellar guitar pyrotechnics that make the whole thing pop and crackle like water in hot oil.
Minus the Bear turned a lot of heads in 2007, with the release of 'Planet of Ice,' an album - as the story goes - profoundly influenced by the band's first ever listening to a pair of classic progressive rock masterpieces: King Crimson's 1969 debut classic 'In the Court of the Crimson King,' and 'Close to the Edge' by Yes, released in 1972. Yet, when Minus the Bear perform live, their songs take on a heightened electric energy and urgency, born of their punk and post-punk roots, adding to the complex progressive movements, giving them powerful spark that gets heads banging.
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When you're on the road as much as Minus the Bear have been over the past nine years, venues, cities and days can bleed into each other, blurring place and time, and a sense of complacency can set in. Yet, Minus the Bear prowled the stage like it was their first show - or their last - never letting up for a moment, and the audience responded in kind. Thus, it was understandable why front man Jake Snider thanked the New York crowd several times during the gig for their kind and rapturous applause outpouring of love. It's been a long road.
"Thanks for being so kind and receptive." he said at the end of the night. "It's really important. It means a whole lot."