Video Of The Week: Minus The Bear

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Brad Kelly

07th August 2009
At 11:13 GMT

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After months and months of our weekly Video Of The Week article, even we were shocked to find that we were yet to feature Minus The Bear on these very pages.

The Seattle based collective have been spreading their laid-back, math-rock for nearly eight years now and record after record, they've left us craving more. 

The video below shows the band performing live in the name of the 'Burn To Shine' foundation where they (alongside Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard) gather fourteen bands in total to play inside buildings that are scheduled for demolition. In other words, they aim to give a building due to be destroyed one last special moment, captured inside it's very walls.

The band play Knights from their newest LP, 2007's Planet Of Ice and though we're aware it's perhaps not one of their stand-out tracks all in all (you'll have to swap over to 2005's Menos El Oso for that), its still a fantastic performance and shows the hidden complexity to their live shows. To truly convey the band's unique sound seems difficult enough when witnessing it on CD but watching them play live is a whole new experience. 

Just check the drummer batter every piece of skin in-front of him as he ignores the growing pain in his forearms or guitarist Dave Kudson's constant shifting guitar cords and recorded presets that he effortlessly switches back-and-forth between with just his feet. 

We've had the pleasure to witness the band in a live atmosphere a few times and we're not exaggerating when we say it's something you really have to witness yourself.

Once you've given the video a watch, let us know what you thought by commenting at the bottom of the page.

Previous Videos Of The Week:

Arcade Fire
Queens Of The Stone Age
Wild Beasts
Mazzy Star
Dawn Landes
Rock Plaza Central
Flying Lotus
Dirty Projectors
Jose Gonzalez
Grizzly Bear
Yeasayer
Doves
Wintersleep
Manchester Orchestra
Sigur Ros
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Death Cab For Cutie
The Shins
Deftones
Cold War Kids
Maps & Atlases
Fleet Foxes
Bob Marley
Elbow
Joanna Newsom
Ben Kweller
The National
Bon Iver
Johnny Cash
Jeff Buckley
Champion
Editors
Thom Yorke
Cherry Ghost

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