Minus the Bear proved Sunday that, though their latest record was clearly written for mass appeal, the band, as always, is still very focused on their level of fan appeal. With a new album just released (Omni), the Seattle natives did well to play ample number of selections off all their records. While the setlist Sunday most definitely favored the new record, older material made up the bulk of the evening’s selections, appeasing the longtime fans who either hadn’t heard or didn’t care for the new record.
That being said…
Rock Show Rule #4080: Don’t yell out the songs you wanna hear. I guarantee your drunkenly shrieked requests aren’t going to change the band’s choice of songs for that evening.
Also: Put the camera away. Especially if the band’s lead singer points out that he’d like to see “less cameras and more dancing” as vocalist Jake Snider did just two songs into Minus the Bear’s set.
A few songs from the set: “Knights” off Planet of Ice (2007), “Pachuca Sunrise” off Menos El Oso (2005), “Fire + 2pts” off They Make Beer Commercials Like This (2004), “Get Me Naked 2” off Highly Refined Pirates (2002).
Minus the Bear quite literally represented their entire catalog for a very appreciative La Zona Rosa crowd. With fancy lights behind them, drummer Erin Tate as in-the-pocket as ever, and Alex Rose’s keys taking an ever-more prominent role, Minus the Bear was absolutely at its best.
Snider and Co. closed their set with another new track (“Dayglow Vista Road”) only to return a short while later for the requisite encore of “Into the Mirror” (still my favorite track off Omni) and crowd favorite “Absinthe Party.”
In all, Minus the Bear proved Sunday what it takes to grow as artists while not turning your back on the fan base that helped build your career.
View a photo gallery of this concert here.