Minus the Bear's Cory Murchy, "It's Just 12 Years of Plugging Away and Learning"
Seattle math rock-meets-electronic indie band Minus the Bear has been going strong for 12 years now, spending most of its time on the road or in the studio. As a testament to how much the band tours, take a look at how many times we've reviewed the band over the years.
So it's no surprise that Minus the Bear is back in support of its fifth full length album, Infinity Overhead. The band decided to take a back to basics approach and worked with producer Matt Bayles, who left the band in 2006 to focus on his producing career.
"I think we all have the same vision as far as wanting to do this for as long as it's making us happy and fun," says bassist Cory Murchy on the band's longevity, "So far so good, we're lucky it's turned into our jobs and we're stoked for that."
We recently caught up with Murchy to discuss working with Matt Bayles, the band's relentless tour schedule, and why Minus the Bear has strayed away from silly song titles.
Up on the Sun: I see you were just at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Are there any adjustments you need to make going from a festival to club shows?
Cory Murchy: Apart from cutting down the setlist, not too much. At the end of the day, it's another show. It's a little more winging it as far as throwing your stuff up there and playing. It's different just because you're outside during the day half the time, but at the end of the day, you just play your show.
What was your experience like at the festival?
It was fun [laughs]. We had a good time. There were a lot of bands playing that we wanted to see. Not every festival is created equally in that regard sometimes. We got to see a lot of old friends. It was a good time, we definitely had fun, fun, fun.
Speaking of setlists, how much of your set is comprised of new songs?
We're playing a bulk of the new album. We play a lot of songs, so there's a lot of room for old songs, too. It's a well-balanced setlist.
How have fans been responding to the songs from Infinity Overhead?
Great. It's been really great. I think this album really lends itself to the live setting pretty well and yeah, it's been a lot of fun playing them live.
In previous interviews, you said that Infinity Overhead comes the closest of all of your albums to capturing your live sound. How do you feel it accomplishes that?
I think we're just playing tighter. We played a lot tighter in the studio for a lot of stuff. I think it's also just almost 12 years of playing together and knowing a lot more of what we want to get out of the studio as opposed to when I first started recording with the band, I didn't know what I wanted to do and how I could explain it to make it come across. It's just 12 years of plugging away and learning anything else [laughs].
I see you worked with Matt Bayles again. Did he help bring some of that to the table as well?
Oh yeah. We're all really comfortable with Matt, he knows the band like no other because he was in the band. There's not a lot of trying to figure out our vibes, we know how we all work and we do it well and pretty efficiently when it comes down to it. It was really fun, actually. It was nice to take the time off and not do Omni with him, but I think it made coming back and working with him on this that much better because we were all able to bring something new to the table.