Friday, May 15th, 2015 – Minus the Bear’s Superb Musicianship Shines at Richardson Wildflower Festival
had been wanting to check out Minus the Bear for a few years now.
I don’t even remember how I first heard of the long running Seattle-based alt
rock act; though I know every time they’ve come to the North Texas area over
the last few years I always had something else going on to prevent me from
attending. That was finally going to change on this night, where they were
playing one of the stages at the Richardson Wildflower Festival.
I arrived at the festival just a few minutes before Minus the Bear was
scheduled to hit the stage; a decent sized crowd having gathered, some people
sitting in lawn chairs, while others clustered around the stage, cheering as
the band made their way on stage after being introduced.
They got a lengthy set, 57-minutes to be exact, focusing almost entirely on
playing songs; singer and guitarist Jake Snider asking how everyone was doing
upon first getting to his spot at center stage. Seconds later, their drummer
began “Fine + 2 Pts”. It was instantly
noticeable how impeccably tight they are, their motions all being similar as
Snider, lead guitarist Dave Knudson and bassist Cory Murchy all shredded
on their respective instruments, yet had no trouble standing apart, either.
Alex Rose was proving to be a very lively subject as well, even stationed
behind a keyboard; and the five of them brought it to a mighty finish.