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New album brings Minus The Bear back to its roots

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After exploring what bassist Cory Murchy calls "a more electronic feel" on its last album, 2010's "Omni," Seattle's Minus The Bear decided to "go back to our roots" on last year's "Infinity Overhead".

And it had some good help doing that.

"Infinity Overhead" was produced by Matt Bayles, an MTB co-founder and the band's former keyboardist, who left in 2006 to concentrate on studio work. Clearly, Murchy says, there was no one better for the band to go with.

"He's a great producer and engineer, and he just knows us all so well," says Murchy, 34. "We've all been recording with him for well over a decade now, and friends outside of that.

"And it helps that he was with Minus The Bear from the ground up. We've had time to grow together and just work together. He knows where we were coming from a lot of the time. He'll always be that 'other member.' "

That's not the only recording MTB has done with Bayles. The group was back in the studio at the beginning of the year, working on a sequel to the "Acoustics" EP it released in 2008. And this time, Murchy says, the group was even more prolific.

"We started with an EP's worth of music and ended up with a full-length of 10 or 11 songs," he says of the set, which will come out later this year. "That was kind of neat to do that, and there's a couple of new songs in there, which made it fun, too. It's always fun to get the writing process started again instead of having to wait 'til we have to write an entire new album."

Minus The Bear performs with Circa Survive and Now, Now on Tuesday, March 12, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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