Minus the Bear
Nov. 3, 2011
The Glass House, Pomona
Seattle's Minus the Bear owe much of their signature sound to singer Jake Snider, whose voice resonates on the band's recordings with frosty detachment. Floating like an iceberg across proggy morse-code guitar riffs, angular rhythmics and wonky synth sounds from outer space, Snider's pipes tie together the band's unique sonic qualities making it at once ethereal, aggressive and haunting. But last night, the normally rousing jams from such albums as 2007's Planet of Ice and 2005's Menos El Oso underwhelmed a largely stationary audience.
At one point Snider joked there must be a ban on dancing in the city of Pomona. Doubtless the crowd's timid response was due to the lack of resonance present in the singer's voice, which last night was buried in the mix. Instead of sounding coolly detached, he just sounded flat and emotionless. That said, he managed to shine on the song “Women We Haven't Met Yet,” which saw him belting the chorus with feeling.