Minus The Bear Answers Fans’ Biggest Questions

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Cool Music News, Events, Music In Culture, Sonos Stories, Worldwide

Before Minus The Bear’s performance at the Sonos Studio, Filter Magazine asked Minus The Bear fans to send in their biggest questions for the band. Find out why Minus The Bear is a “summery” band, what their inspiration was for their new album cover, and get answers to more below….

1. How much pressure is there to conform to current music trends? How do you stay true to your vision? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @Igotseizures

I don’t think there’s any pressure to conform to anything. As a group, we have a very wide spectrum of influences and we aim to make music that excites us regardless of trends or fads. Luckily, we’ve been able to spend time crafting that vision in the studio without interference.
Alex Rose, of Minus The Bear

2. What inspiration do you usually use for your lyrics and tunes in your songs? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @Nico_Sinico

Lyrically, I find my mood at the time I’m writing has the most influence over the outcome. I do listen to a lot of varied music while I write, looking for any kind of inspiration I can draw out.
Jake Snider, of Minus The Bear

3. What is your most memorable (aka hilarious) tour moment? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @BigDee0102

Watching Alex Rose dance on tables in a bar in Osaka, Japan after a hardy night of karaoke was pretty fun. He is not the most coordinated, being night blind and all…great times!
Cory Murchy, of Minus The Bear

4. Any chance of y’all making an instrumental record? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @ACloserListen

I don’t know if we’d make an entire album instrumental only, but we’ve done a couple instrumental songs. Seems like something that could happen again if the material was right.
David Knudson, of Minus The Bear

5. What is your favorite song to perform off of Highly Refined Pirates and why? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @NatePapa

“Let’s play guitar in a five guitar band” is probably my favorite to play. It’s got the awesome key breakdown before the huge climactic ending. Plus it’s really fun to play the tapping verse ad chorus riffs. That was definitely the highlight of the 10-year anniversary shows for me.
David Knudson, of Minus The Bear

6. I feel like your music is a summer necessity. What season, if any, does you feel your music reps? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @Carlosaurex

I feel like the new record is more of a wintery record over all, but songs like “Diamond Lightning” are summery…On Infinity Overhead I wrote most of the lyrics in the winter and I think it is reflected in the tone. Over the bands career, I’d agree, we’re a “summery” band.
Jake Snider, of Minus The Bear

7. What was the inspiration for the album art? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @AllySoy

Dave has done a lot of the previous artwork, and this time we wanted some outside help. We found it in the amazing Gretchen Nash. I think the album artwork represents the eclectic mix of songs and the expansiveness of the music and the title, “Infinity Overhead.”
Alex Rose, of Minus The Bear

8. What previous MTB album do you think the upcoming release will sound most like? Question Submitted by Twitter user: @OuterSouth

I think it’s a real mix of all of our past releases, only even better!
Cory Murchy, of Minus The Bear

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Posted on August 13th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Cool Music News, Events, Music In Culture, Sonos Stories, Worldwide