Goodbye, Minus The Bear. The Seattle-born indie rock band has announced that they will be embarking on their final tour.
Minus The Bear Announce Final Tour
On Tuesday, July 17, Jake Snider, Dave Knudson, Cory Murchy, and Alex Rose posted a message on Facebook to reveal the heartbreaking news.
"After almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives as Minus the Bear," the rockers wrote. "These final shows are a celebration for the community of fans who gave us so much through years of dedication."
The band also went on to thank the fans who allowed them to travel around the world and perform. They also credit their loyal fanbase for almost two decades of making music.
"Without all of you, the memories of traveling the world, exploring different cultures, and witnessing the delight of your beautiful faces singing along wouldn't have been possible," Minus the Bear added. "Your support weathered us through storms that easily could have scuttled the band. Throughout the years, it's you who kept us going. We cannot thank you enough."
The upcoming tour, which will also feature post-rock's Caspian and math rock's Tera Melos, will kick off on Oct. 9 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, July 20, via Ticketmaster. Presale is expected to open much earlier.
The final tour will be in support of Minus the Bear's last EP, Fair Enough, which is due to come out on Oct. 19 from Suicide Squeeze. However, the band promises to also perform older songs during the upcoming tour.
Reason Behind The Breakup
In an interview with Stereogum, the band also explained why, after almost two decades, the boys are finally parting ways. Snider revealed that there is not one reason why they are finally shelving Minus the Bear, including the desire to move on and explore other projects.
Knudson added that constantly being on the road, albeit fun, can be quite exhausting especially because they have grown older. In addition to that, members of the band now have families of their own. Leaving home to stay on the road for long periods of time has become an even bigger challenge.
Dickenson said that he is at peace with the decision and glad that they are getting out in their own terms. However, it might not be the end of the end of the road for Minus the Bear. Knudson joked that they have already booked their reunion tour in the far future.
Stream Minus the Bear's new track "Fair Enough" below.