Minus the Bear, “Acoustics”

Minus the Bear, Acoustics
Tigre Blanco Records



Minus the Bear are hitting the road, and in the vein of Coalesce, Henry Rollins, and Defacto, have made a tour-only EP available. Beginning October 7th, ACOUSTICS will be sold digitally via online outlets such as iTunes, Amazon and Emusic.  Physical copies of the EP will be sold exclusively on the bands headlining tour beginning in Spokane, WA on October 8th. Offering up acoustic versions of material from Planet of Ice, Menos el Oso, and Highly Refined Pirates, and a new track “Guns and Ammo”, the group shows their diversity and uncanny ability to take delay-laden songs and transform them to acoustic-driven pop songs that can stand on their own merit. As with Interpretaciones del Oso, Minus the Bear have once again shown that they can tackle any genre successfully. One can attribute this to the widespread influences the band cites, and the varied bands that this group pulls from –  Guitarist Dave Knudson comes to the group from the hardcore band Botch (and guest performances with These Arms are Snakes), Erin Tate was once of the post-hardcore outfit Kill Sadie, and legendary producer Matt Bayles joined the group for a brief stint.  It’s uncertain if they’ll be taking the luddite route on the tour and performing any of the songs on this EP as they appear on the CD, but it would be a hoot. Either way, Minus the Bear are a talented group of lads and deserve your time and money; and by the groups extensive tour schedule, it’s safe to say they’re coming to your town.


Oct 17            Vic Theatre            Chicago, IL

Oct 18            Newport Music Hall            Columbus, OH

Oct 19            The Majestic            Detroit, MI

Oct 20            Grog Shop            Cleveland, OH

Oct 21            Wilbur Theatre            Boston, MA

Oct 22            9:30 Club            Washington, DC

Oct 23            TLA            Philadelphia, PA

Oct 24            Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel            Providence, RI

Oct 25            Webster Hall            New York, NY

Oct 26            Starland Ballroom            Sayreville, NJ

Oct 28            The National            Richmond, VA

Oct 29            Lincoln Theatre            Raleigh, NC

Oct 30            Orange Peel            Asheville, NC

Oct 31            Bijou Theatre            Knoxville, TN

Nov 1            Variety Playhouse            Atlanta, GA

Nov 2            Rion Ballroom            Gainesville, FL

Nov 3            Revolution            Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nov 4            House of Blues            Lake Buena Vista, FL

Nov 5            Freebird Live            Jacksonville, FL

Nov 7            House of Blues            New Orleans, LA

Nov 8            House of Blues            Houston, TX

Nov 9            Waterloo Park            Austin, TX

Nov 10            House of Blues            Dallas, TX

Nov 12            Warehouse 21            Santa Fe, NM

Nov 13            The Marquee            Tempe, AZ

Nov 14            SOMA San Diego            San Diego, CA

Nov 15            Glass House            Pomona, CA

Nov 16            Music Box @ Fonda            Los Angeles, CA

Nov 18            Empire Events Center            Sacramento, CA

Nov 19            Bimbo’s 365 Club            San Francisco, CA

Nov 20            Standford University            Palo Alto, CA

Nov 21            Lewis & Clark College            Portland, OR

Nov 22            Showbox at the Market            Seattle, WA


Mark Johnston, a native Californian, has travelled the world with various circuses, sideshows, and arena rock tours. As a musical monkey he has delighted fans the world over. Upon his return, he has since founded the Atomsmashers Publishing Company, written 2 books in the company's Warm Horchata series, created a weekly comic strip based around LA's more "colorful" characters, written reviews, articles, and rantings under various pseudonyms; this has since culminated in Johnston being named Captain Fabulous by the Superhero Association of America.