By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Minus The Bear played to a sold out crowd nearing the end of tour for new album Voids
Seattle’s Minus The Bear made a stop at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre to end the last leg of their tour alongside Beach Slang and Bayonne. They brought with them a perfected set list showcasing songs from the new record blended with a crowd-pleasing set of old hits.
Opening with the first track from this year’s Voids, "Last Kiss," flowing right into the album’s next track "Give & Take," set the course for the night full of new ones.
Minus The Bear’s last trip through Portland was during the Menos El Oso ten year anniversary, making this swift return to the city both significantly different and wonderfully new. There were no signs of new song jitters as the Seattle group played through nearly the entire new album as if they’d been playing it for as long as fan-favorite "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse" (also welcomed early in the set).
Background draped in glowing Voids’ artwork illuminated the five musicians whose impressive and contagious energy radiated through oldies, "Cold Company" and “My Time,” forward into Voids track "Tame Beasts," and all the way back to "Thanks for The Killer Game of Crisco Twister."
All of those spasmodic beats signature to Minus The Bear were led by guitarist Dave who divided up his time cradling the rail and playing into the front row, or bouncing through choreographed footwork to kick his full platter of pedals into each lovable riff.
The band ended with an unlisted encore of "Pachuca Sunrise" closing out the kind of new album tour that one usually only dreams could be this impressive.