Seattle purveyors of intricately crafted indie rock, Minus The Bear, recently tore through Denver’s Summit Music Hall with special guests Cursive and Girl In a Coma with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver exclusive photo galleries and show review of the night’s festivities.
Named after Smiths’ song “Girlfriend In A Coma,” San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma set the evening in motion with their trademark blend of grungy pop and rock, as the band continues to support 2011’s Exits & All The Rest full-length, available through Blackheart Records. Girl In A Coma braved a very dominant Minus The Bear crowd and put in a solid performance despite the the majority’s definitive affinity and anticipation of the headliners.
Omaha indie rockers Cursive came out strong, riffing away with a new track or two before moving onto well-known territory with “Driftwood,” as they continue to support their seventh studio album I Am Gemini, out now on Saddle Creek Records and Big Scary Monsters in the UK. Nostalgia remained the dominant mood as Cursive dished out classics songs “Art Is Hard,” “The Recluse,” “A Gentlemen Caller,” and “Some Red Handed Slight Of Hand.” While the crowd seemed detached while they played more recent music, every time Cursive dug up a track off of The Ugly Organ – there wasn’t a note left unsung by the crowd. Cursive had to play a fairly short set because they were headed off to Utah the next day and had to get a jump start on the road. To make up for the the truncated set, band members met fans over by the merchandise table immediately following the perfromance for a makeshift meet-n-greet.
Featuring members of Botch, Kill Sadie, Sharks Keep Moving, and now 11 years deep in the game, Minus The Bear took the stage in an aura larger than life amidst a custom light display that had all the bells and whistles for making a smaller venue light up from wall to wall. Even now, after the band’s recorded sound has developed so much over the past decade, Minus The Bear still play every beautiful note to perfection. Jake Snider‘s voice hasn’t changed at all and he is still able to hit the high notes when need be. Fans went completely wild, from crowd surfers to a full fledged mosh pit- Minus The Bear played all the favorites from “Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse,” “Memphis & 53rd,” “The Pig War” and “Pachuca Sunrise” to newer songs like “Hold Me Down,” and “Into The Mirror.” We recently featured Minus The Bear‘s latest full-length, Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird Records), in our New Music Now column with song samples for your listening pleasure.
With this performance, Minus The Bear proved they still have no trouble enticing a standing-room-only crowd with tracks that can transport the listener to a different time or evoke enough emotion to spark a frenzy in the pit..we definitely have not seen the last of these scene mainstays.
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado..
All pictures in this exclusive gallery contributed by Denver Photographer Joshua Chase.
Girl In a Coma
Minus The Bear