The proggy local quartet will play its final show this December at the Showbox.
After 17 years of intricate riffs and occasionally goofy song titles, Seattle rockers Minus the Bear are calling it quits. On Tuesday, the band announced its plans to go out with a final tour this fall after the release of a four-song EP.
“After almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives with Minus the Bear,” the band wrote in a Facebook post, which you can read below. “What started as a silly joke inside the dingy confines of Seattle’s original Cha Cha Lounge back in 2001 quickly snowballed into years of adventures, creativity and friendship. We could have never predicted the wild journey about begin.”
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In an interview with Stereogum, singer/guitarist Jake Snider and guitarist Dave Knudson said it felt like the right time to step away, citing a desire to spend more time with family and potentially explore other endeavors. “It’s been a long time,” Snider said. “We want to keep the band’s legacy intact and go out while we’re still doing well. There’s a bunch of reasons — wanting to try something new creatively, possibly.”
The news comes a month after Minus the Bear finished a nostalgia tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of its breakout “Planet of Ice” album, released in 2007 through the band’s longtime label home, Suicide Squeeze Records. The mainstay Seattle label will also release the band’s final EP, “Fair Enough,” which features a few holdovers from last year’s “VOIDS” LP, on Oct. 19.