Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Minus the Bear Touches All Corners of Catalog in Headlining Agora Concert

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge ERIC SANDY / SCENE
Minus the Bear returned to Cleveland for their only headlining show of this fall tour. (Silversun Pickups skipped last night's show. Their loss.)

And though the band came to us in a slightly different form, we've got to say that this was their best showing in Cleveland in years. They're always a high-energy, hypnotic rock band, but they just seemed locked in more than ever last night. Also, the setlist was dynamite, hitting all corners of the band's catalog (see below).

We'll point out right away that former drummer Erin Tate left two years ago, and Joshua Sparks has picked up touring duties. He fit in perfectly, which is very important; the angular and exploratory percussion on past albums is the heart and soul of Minus the Bear's math-rock evolution. Sparks was fun to watch.

click to enlarge ERIC SANDY / SCENE
As for the whole show — listen — the Agora Ballroom was a nice fit, as we've mentioned before that Minus the Bear needs an indie venue that complements its attitude. The crowd was super into it.

"Diamond Lightning" was the highlight, in my opinion; the band just seemed to gel as one proggy monster as this song built up to stirring climax. "Absinthe Party" is always nice to hear. And I really liked "Knights" in the No. 2 slot. Very interesting — and a very strong start.

Frontman Jake Snider, sporting an every-graying beard, riffed with the audience a few times, saying that tonight's headlining show was a special part of the tour for them. Later: "What's the difference between a good joke and a bad joke timing?" (I thought it was pretty funny.) "It's the only joke I know," he said.

Shout-out to the guy who started the "MTB!" chant before the band returned for its encore. "White Mystery" was a nice pick when they came back out. Hell of a show.


Give & Take
Into the Mirror
Absinthe Party At the Fly Honey Warehouse
The Fix
My Time
Summer Angel
Tame Beasts
Diamond Lightning
Memphis & 53rd
Spritz!!! Spritz!!!
Throwin' Shapes

White Mystery
Last Kiss
Pachuca Sunrise

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation