Minus the Bear

Minus the Bear

Minus the Bear is a rock band from Seattle, Washington. The band features current and former members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving. Their sound is a combination of Pele-esque guitar-taps and electronics, with sophisticated time signature composition. The name "Minus the Bear" comes from an inside joke among the band members, referring to the 80s TV show B. J. and the Bear (BJ and the Bear Minus the Bear Equals BJ).

On January 2, 2006, Matt Bayles, keyboardist and producer for Minus the Bear, announced that he was leaving the band in order to focus on record production work. His last performance with the band was on January 28, 2006. Subsequently, he was replaced by Graeme McCombe, who previously worked as a sound engineer on Menos el Oso.

An album of remixes of songs from Menos el Oso, entitled Interpretaciones del Oso, was released on February 20, 2007, including a remix by underground rapper P.O.S..

The band's third full length album, titled Planet of Ice, was released on August 21, 2007, and contains ten tracks. On top of an exclusive iTunes track, a bonus CD was also released containing 2 B-sides, a demo track, and a remix also done by P.O.S..

In 2006 the track "We Are Not a Football Team" from their first album Highly Refined Pirates appeared in a TV advertisement for mobile network operator O2 in the UK and Ireland.

Band members

  • Dave Knudson - guitar
  • Cory Murchy - bass
  • Alex Rose - synthesizer, drum machine, vocals, electronics, saxophone
  • Jake Snider - lead vocals, guitar
  • Erin Tate - drums

Former members

  • Matt Bayles - vocals, keyboards/drum machine, electronics

Notable guest appearances


Studio albums

Year Title Label U.S. Charts Other information
2002 Highly Refined Pirates Suicide Squeeze
2005 Menos el Oso Suicide Squeeze #20 Heatseekers Last album with Matt Bayles as a member.
2007 Interpretaciones del Oso Suicide Squeeze Menos el Oso Remixed.
2007 Planet of Ice Suicide Squeeze #74 First album with Alex Rose as a member.


Year Title Label Other information
2001 This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic Suicide Squeeze
2002 Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them Suicide Squeeze
2004 They Make Beer Commercials Like This Arena Rock Reissued by Suicide Squeeze in June 2008
2005 Split with City on Film Polyvinyl One remixed track from each band.
2008 They Make Beer Commercials Like This Suicide Squeeze Remastered with added track "Houston We Have Uh-Oh."
2008 Acoustics Tigre Blanco Records Acoustic EP featuring six old tracks and one new song, "Guns & Ammo."

Music videos


External links

Search another word or see Minus the Bearon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature