Success for the electronic-tinged rock band Minus The Bear came at the right time.
In the early and mid-2000s, indie rock was having a resurgence. Bands like The Shins, Modest Mouse and Arctic Monkeys turned cult success into big record sales.
While Minus The Bear never had a huge hit, with the dreamy, stuttering guitars of 2005’s “Pachuca Sunrise” coming closest, it managed to sell more than 500,000 albums in its 17-year tenure.
That run will come to end this year, as its farewell tour stops at The Truman in Kansas City at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
The band’s sound was a rarity, a mixture of shimmery guitar riffs and hard-hitting, soaring choruses. It walked an odd line of the indie rock sound of the times and arena rock, anchored by lead singer Jake Snider’s deep voice. Because of its varying sound, the band said it always was surprised to see what songs which audiences responded to.
“It’s interesting to see which songs hit people, and there will be those ones that don’t where you’ll be like, ‘Oh, I thought people like that more,’” guitarist Dave Knudson said in a previous interview.
The tour will cover the band’s seven-album career, from “Highly Refined Pirates,” its prog-rock-inspired debut, to its synth-y final LP, 2017’s “VOIDS.” Back when the band was touring behind 2012’s “Infinity Overhead,” Knudson said figuring out which deep cuts to play was always a challenge.
“There’s a few songs that we play almost every show because we know those are a couple people really want to hear,” Knudson says. “It was pretty easy to figure out what new songs we want to play. It’s always a struggle going to the back catalog.”
The band will be touring not only as thanks to its fans, but also to promote its final EP, “Fair Enough,” a three-song EP that captures the spread of the band’s sound.
But there’s no doubt in the band’s mind that this tour is all about the memories people have tied to its music and live show.
“It’s kind of like hearing people’s stories about that record and moments they remember,” Knudson said. “People would be like, ‘Oh, me and my wife, we loved this record and now we have a kid and now we’re at your 10-year show hearing you guys playing this record.’”
As fans have to come to expect, the band will get down and dirty.
“It’s really great to recreate these sounds and have them sound raw and nasty and live,” Knudson said.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live