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Minus the Bear

Seattle’s Minus the Bear returns to Buffalo on Thursday (tonight! April 29) to perform at the Town Ballroom, less then a week before the release of their fourth studio album, Omni. It’s been three years since the release of their last album, Planet of Ice. Since then the band has found a new record label, Dangerbird Records, and tweaked their sound slightly. Planet of Ice allowed the band to jam and explore tangents within their songs, relying on Pink Floyd influenced atmospheres and tones that created a flow that lasted through the album. Omni relies more heavily on pop oriented songs that are concise and have a more mature feeling to them, while still allowing the album to flow almost seamlessly. The music still has a very apparent electronic element to it. Guitar riffs still get chopped up and rearranged and the drums are often accompanied by synthetic drum pad tones. “Animal Backwards” is the most digitally effected song on the album. It begins with a reversed guitar solo and is soon layered by synthesizer blips and static sounding electronic drums as vocalist Jake Snider sings “she’s a wolf looking through my window.” As on past records, his lyrics pertain mostly to sex, womanizing and the thrill of the chase, which matches their chilled out and smooth sound. Everest and Young the Giant open the show.

cory perla

7pm (doors). Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $19.50/advance; $24/day of show at box office, 223-6000, and Tops Markets.