So this is happening:
When I first moved to Vancouver in 2005 with aspirations of being a “professional musician” Minus the Bear were my absolute favorite band. This is quite the honor and don’t look now but we’ve played with 2/4’s of Seattle legends BOTCH just this summer (Brian Cook in Sumac and Dave Knudson in Minus the Bear)
A big thanks to anyone/everyone who has bought our new record! The response so far has been unbelievable! Keep it coming folks!
One last thing:
Drew and I are headlining a Tragically Hip Tribute night September 2nd, 2016 at the Rickshaw. The two of us along with members of local crushers The Waning Light will be performing 4 songs. You will have to wait until then to see which one’s we’ve chosen. All proceeds will be going to Gordon Downie’s charity!
What a line up!
All three of these American bands get regular play on my headphones. This show is going to be one for the ages no doubt.
A big thanks to Jason from Modified Ghost for putting us on the bill.
RSVP for the show HERE
In closing here is another pic from our set at TACO FEST
Photo by Nathanual Hein
A huge thanks to Apocalypse Sunrise Productions & Black River Productions for inviting us out to play the 2nd annual Taco Fest and 333 respectively. We had a stellar time playing and meeting some new folks. We just confirmed our first live performance of the fall and we’ll be announcing it officially this week coming up. Needless to say the bands we will be opening up for frequently get playtime in my headphones. Here’s a photo from Taco Fest taken by Bob Hanham
Our 2nd record “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums” has been released for a month and a half now. I’d like to thank everyone and anyone who has checked it out online or bought a physical copy. The reception for our first record exceeded my and everyone else’s expectations but the response to the new record has been even greater. I’ve read a couple times online that some people are considering it among the best local releases of 2016. Thank you thank you thank. A huge thank you again to Danny Katz of Dullest Records for his confidence in us and for releasing the compact disc version of the album. Take a moment to check out their releases as they have a ton of high quality offerings:
Hear every Dullest Records release here: https://dullestrecords.bandcamp.com/
Here’s a nice review of the new record by New Noise magazine. Thanks to Lane Oliver for the kind words.
“Fans of the band’s early works will not see this auditory 180 coming and will be even more surprised by how well the band pulls it off.”
“The track, and the entire record for that matter, sounds like a marriage between Young Mountain-era This Will Destroy You and Downward is Heavenward-era Hum.”
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE SET THE CONTROLS REVIEW
It was cool to have our record featured in the Georgia Straight for the issue that featured the Tragically Hip on the cover. A big thank you to John Lucas for writing this piece. This feature was particular meaningful considering the number of Tragically Hip references included in the album. Fun fact: our song “Dope Simple” was once titled “Angst on the Planks” which effectively would’ve made it the third Tragically Hip reference on the record.
Our LONG awaited 2nd album “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums” has FINALLY arrived. It was a real ordeal getting this record finished. I’ll save that story for another time. Thanks to Danny Katz and Dullest Records for having confidence in our music and for releasing the album. We debuted the album in compact disc format at our performance at the 2nd annual Levitation Festival in our home of Vancouver on Thursday June 16th. Speaking of, that show was phenomenal. Our set went off flawlessly and Baptists in particular seemed to be hellbent on crushing the stage. We won’t soon forget that night.
HEAR THE NEW SEVEN NINES AND TENS ALBUM HERE!!!!
There were some interesting media pieces floating around this week that mentioned us. Local blog D0604 included the first track of our first album in their weekly playlist. This is what they had to say about our tune “Thermocapsulary Dehousing Assister”: “Epic. Think “300” level, “the fate of the world hangs in the balance” level of epicness.” Thanks gang. See the playlist in full here:
Vancouver Is Awesome Weekly Playlist
Speaking of our set at Levitation. Here is a show review for said performance. Keep it “Frosty” friends:
Vancouver Weekly Levitation Festival Launch Party Show Review
In closing, here is the first review that has surfaced regarding our new record. This quote is oddly appropriate and could summarize the 4 year journey that it took to make the album:
“Their blaring walls of sound are a lot to take in, but beautifully tangible enough to be worth seizing for yourself.”
Permanent Rain Press Album Review
Don’t forget to come see us Saturday July 23rd at Swangaard Stadium for the 2nd annual Tacofest!
The 2nd single from our new record has finally arrived:
The new single Metropolis Noir / Rigs HERE
The long awaited 2nd album “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums” available June 19th on compact disc via our friends at dullest records.
For those of you pining to see us perform live again, you can catch us at the following engagements:
June 19th @ The Rickshaw Theatre w/Russian Circles/Sumac/Waingro/Aquanaut Levitation Festival Launch Party
Facebook Event Page for Levitation Launch Party
July 23rd @ Swangaard Stadium, Taco Fest w/Low Levels, Mess, Girlfriends & Boyfriends and tons more
July 29th @ 333 w/HERON, HEDKS, Nightterrors, Sand Witch.
We have much to discuss here. We were lucky enough to get added to the Levitation fest opening night show @ the Rickshaw with Sumac and Russian Circles. The show is Thursday June 16th.
Facebook event for Levitation Launch Party w/Russian Circles/Sumac/Seven Nines & Tens
Also, we are happy to announce we have signed to American label Dullest Records. They have been around for 5 years and have put out records by artists we love including Hush., Walk Through Fire, and Rorcal. We will have the release date for the record ASAP but in the meantime check out the album cover for “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums” by Nic Brown.
Check out our new label DULLEST RECORDS here: http://dullestrecords.bandcamp.com/
We can’t forget two other shows we are playing this summer: TACOFEST and Bosse De Nage!
Finally, the 2nd single from our new album is debuting on metalunderground.com Friday May 13 to coincide with the Bosse De Nage show. The track is called “Metropolis Noir/Rigs”
We’ll be warming up for our May 13th show at Funky’s with Bosse De Nage & So Hideous with a performance Saturday April 23rd at The Matador house in Vancouver. This show will mark the debut of our new bassist Riley McGuire. We’ll be playing a brand new song as well.
Facebook Event Page Link
In other news our new record is mastered! We are in the process of sorting out release details and will have those asap. In the meantime the 2nd single from the record is called “Metropolis Noir / Rigs” and is in our humble opinion a total beast of a jam (it’s nearly 14 mintues long). We will have the release details for that soon soon soon….
Vancouver label Big Smoke will be releasing our forthcoming record “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Slums” on cassette. Speaking of, they just released a spring sampler which represents their entire roster as well as our recent single “I Come From Downtown.”
You can listen to us and other rad bands like Altona, Spruce Trap, and Yes Bear here:
Big Smoke Spring Sampler 2016′
In other news, I know I’ve said it a lot but our 2nd record is so close to being done. We are mixing the last of the 4 songs and will have it done before you know it. We will be releasing info regarding the 2nd single and the labels that will releasing it as soon as it’s all finalized.
Finally, the rad folks over at Apocalypse Sunrise have added us to the 2nd annual Taco Fest line up. The fest is being held at picturesque Swangaard stadium this year in Burnaby and we are looking forward to playing some new music for the crowd.
Taco Fest Facebook Event Page
Friday May 13 2016
Bosse De Nage and So Hideous respectively released two of the best heavy art records of 2015. This show is going to be a barn burner.
Facebook Event Page Link
We are finishing the mix for album #2 this week. From there it’s mastering time and then our beautiful cacophony will make it’s way to your ears. Our producer Steve Hanker has done a hell of a job sonically assembling our (literally) huge tracks. Our homie Adam Vee will be mastering the record. It won’t be long now, thanks for being the most patient fans in all of rock & roll.