Indie Rockers Minus the Bear Light Up Philly's Electric Factory
Indie Rockers Minus the Bear Light Up Philly’s Electric Factory
Words and Photos by Tasha Funk
On Friday Sept 28, 2012 the Electric Factory hosted Minus the Bear, well-known American indie rockers. With Cursive and Caspian as openers, this show was set to be full of raw talent and moving tunes.
Caspian, an instrumental post-modern rock band from Massachusetts, opened the show with a high energy level and a beautifully placed sophisticated sound. As the band wrapped up the crowd was raging in anticipation for Cursive’s arrival.
Cursive, an indie rock band from Omaha, Nebraska, has put out a wide variety of albums since 1998. Cursive released their latest work,I am Gemini, in February of 2012 through Saddle Creek Records. Their set showcased a few songs off their new album like “Drunken Birds” and “The Cat and Mouse.” I am Gemini, when compared to the 2003 album “Ugly Organ,” is a newer and brighter sound for Cursive. After dazzling the audience with their new sound over the course of a forty-five minute set full of explosive instrumental techniques, the crowd was prepped for Minus the Bear to hit the stage.
Recently dropping their new album Infinity Overhead, Minus the Bear set out to return for the basics. Taking it back to pure form in direction, musicianship and imagination, this album is said to be the band’s most aggressive album yet. Needless to say, they did not disappoint.
As the main floor slowly began to push their way to the front, the band embraced this energy with strong power cords and overwhelming guitar riffs attached to catchy hooks and inspirational choruses. As the crowd danced to every beat it was sad to see the night end.