Minus the Bear, the Helio Sequence, Grand Archives

What’s with the chilly reception?

Seattle is quick to lay claim to a certain sect of local bands—Death Cab for Cutie, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Cave Singers—even some that no longer live here (Modest Mouse, Band of Horses). But somehow, one of the hardest-working bands in the business, Minus the Bear, is often left out of the hometown love-fest—despite the fact that they’ve lived here for the better part of a decade. Their recent release Planet of Ice—a Yes-infused, proggy delight, and a graduation of sorts from the cheekily-titled pop catalogue of the past—is garnering praise from the national press, even landing the boys on MTV as their “Band of the Week.” Yet still, as drummer Erin Tate told me in an interview before they left for tour, their reception is “wayyyyy better” in cities outside the 206. Despite this, MTB’s got nothing but love for its fellow Seattle spawn. On their current mammoth three-month tour of the states, they’re bringing along two rising acts from the Puget Sound talent pool, providing cross-country exposure for both the high-harmonic Grand Archives and subdued singer/songwriter Tiny Vipers. It’s time to return the favor, Seattle, and welcome them home right. Grand Archives and Helio Sequence open.

Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m., 2007

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