Seattle Indie Rock band, Minus The Bear, has ignited an excitement within dedicated fans worldwide with the mere announcement of the release of their sixth studio album, ‘Voids’. The band has connected human beings of all walks of life with their eccentric and off the wall flair that has stimulated our senses for fifteen years of outlandish track after track. In the midst of the release of the highly anticipated album, I caught up with bassist, Cory Murchy, to discuss the comeback that we’ve all been yearning for, the creation of ‘Voids’, tour, the roots of tattooing and more.
Congrats on the release of your new album, ‘Voids’. As Minus The Bear has been out of the studio for quite some time, what direction did you take when bringing this album to life.
We started from scratch in a lot of ways. We have dealt with a lot of changes in the time leading up to writing the album, so we were open to a lot of different ideas and techniques.
Yeah. I perceive that Minus The Bear has dipped and dived into multiple genres with a unique sound and style. Does that come about organically in the studio?
Yeah, totally. All of us listen to all sorts of different music and a wide variety of genres. We each have an eclectic taste. I think that when it comes to bringing stuff into the studio, we have a pretty big palette to draw from, which is what makes us who we are.
Exactly. Do you have any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
Yeah. We head out for a five-week U.S tour that begins on March 10th. We are really excited to get back on stage. It’s a full U.S tour and we are doing a big loop where we will be hitting both of the coasts.
Let’s talk tattoos. Do you have a mix up of black and gray and color?
Everything that I have is black and gray. I like to keep it pretty simple on that end. It has been fun to travel around and pop into shops, meet people along the road and get work done. It’s nice to make those connections. There have been a lot of fans that I have met that are great tattoo artists, and also folks that I’ve met along the way.
Totally. Can you tell us about some of your personal pieces?
I’ve got some stuff from Josh Stevens at Hold It Down Tattoo in Virginia. The last time that I was in London, I went to see Liam Sparks at his shop, Old Habits Tattoo and got a piece on my shoulder. I’ve also got a couple pieces from Mike Adams at Homestead Tattoo in Maryland.
Awesome. Minus The Bear has managed to keep the chemistry amongst the band alive for over 15 years of playing and touring together. Yes, you’ve had a couple of members fall in and out, but do you have any tips for up and coming bands attempting to keep the chemistry alive?
Yeah, definitely. Communication is key. It goes a long way when you are able to talk to the people in the room honestly and directly. I think that we have grown a lot in the last 15 years of knowing each other, and yes, it’s hard to talk about music sometimes and get along all of the time. But, I definitely think that communication is the key for sure.
Absolutely. I bet that once you guys get into the studio, all of the excesses from behind the scenes that you may have encountered can be tossed aside because you acknowledge what you’re doing and how grateful you more than likely are to be able to create music.
Yeah, totally. Absolutely. And when we get on stage are able to play live in front of a bunch of people, it’s super rewarding.
Are there any fellow bands/musicians that you are really digging at the moment?
Yeah. All sorts. Loving the new Run The Jewels, of course.
Yeah. Run The Jewels has an eccentric style. What is your perception of the artistic value of tattoos within society?
The tradition is a long one. The folks that follow it are carrying on a full craft and trade that has been worked on and expanded upon for quite some time. It’s constantly changing.
Exactly. It’s crazy that stick and poke is coming back as well.
Yeah. Everything comes in cycles. It is just like music; trends and fashions go in and out. I think that it is the same with tattooing. It’s like any other art form.
Absolutely. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
We are super excited to come to your city and play some live shows.