One day you wake up and realize you’ve been a band long enough that it’s not your first release that is a decade old, but rather your third release that is passing this milestone! That’s right friends, one of our favorite collections of MTB songs, “They Make Beer Commercials Like This” is turning ten years old this summer! In celebration, we decided to throw a party like it’s 2004 and play the EP in it’s entirety along with a smattering of other MTB classics during an exclusive two night affair in the lovely Pacific Northwest. These shows will be in Seattle at the Columbia Theater June 27; and Portland at the Doug Fir, June 29. Capacity at these venues is extremely limited so you will want to grab tickets while they last, as they are sure to sell out. It’s going to be a ton of fun so dust off your dancing shoes and don’t miss out!
Along with these shows we have a few other dates coming up for you to check out as well:
In other news, our longtime comrade Ryan “Roll Tide!” Russell has released his first book of photography titled “Continental Obscura” and it is gorgeous! Filled with photos of his move from Birmingham to Bellingham, it includes a limited edition split 7″ with the unreleased MTB track “Surf-N-Turf” as well as “Sure Shot”, a track from Manchester Orchestra. Be sure to support a great guy and pick it up at ryanrussell.net.
If you aren’t satisfied with just one new 7″ in your collection, then boy do we have something to quench your thirst. The mighty Suicide Squeeze Records has teamed up with Fort George Brewery to offer the “Suicide Squeeze IPA”, and in celebration have released a compilation 7″ with artwork by the ever talented Jesse LeDoux. Limited to 1000 copies, it includes rare tracks from Modest Mouse, Black Mountain, Elliot Smith and Minus the Bear. Regardless of your taste in beverage we are sure you’ll find this offering refreshing and satisfying. Head over here to pick up your copy now.
That’s all for now. We’re busy preparing for more fun news that we’ll fill you in on in the near future, but in the meantime…pick up those tickets, order some vinyl and brush up on your dance moves. We’ll see you soon! xoxo – Cory
We have finally recouped after a busy 2013 and we’re already making plans for a fruitful year ahead. Our practice space is getting more and more use, and that means new songs are being written. Dave spent some time down at the NAMM show in Los Angeles doing some workshops with Paul Reed Smith Guitars, and came home with a boat load of new toys and gadgets that he will no doubt use to push the proverbial “musical envelope” once again. In the meantime we have a few shows coming up and will be adding more as the year progresses. On top of that, the MTB vaults have been cracked open and a bunch of “B-sides” and unreleased tracks have surfaced. Some of these tracks have been band favorites for years and we’ll be thinking of ways to let you all in on these gems at some point down the line. We’re pretty excited about it and think you’ll be stoked as well.
All in all 2014 is shaping up to be another busy year for MTB and we’re all looking forward to what’s to come! We can’t thank you enough for all of your support through the years. Whether you’ve bought our album, attended a show, worn our shirt, told a friend about us…it all means the world to us and we wouldn’t be Minus the Bear without you.
Thanks and lots of love,