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Highly Refined Pirates

Minus the BearAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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2012, Summer. Seattle, Washington, something mucho significant was built by 5 dudes’ touch. It is called Infinity Overhead. When the air filled with this piece, heat, light, noise and color to be transformed into stream and traveled through the air with the time shift. Pull and push, depth versus altitude. This romance is like having a high tech air-in choccolata from east village. Once ... Read more in Amazon's Minus the Bear Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suicide Squeeze
  • ASIN: B00006NSFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Party Music!!! (4.5 Stars) March 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
MINUS THE BEAR - Highly Refined Pirates


Like many, my introduction to this band was because I heard this guitarist Dave Knudson's new band. (Dave was formerly in a little ol' hardcore band called: Botch)

My initial reaction was shock... Wait! Stop the Presses! This isn't Heavy!

Then I got a grip on myself and actually listened to the CD.... AMAZING!!!

-Honestly if radio stations played music like this I would actually appreciate Pop-Music.

Minus the Bear is filled with amazingly catchy, and skillful, guitar riffs, funktastic bass lines, complex drumming, nice elemental prog-inspired keyboards and a great singer who is also is an amazing lyricist. (See, Get Me Naked: Part II)

They have oodles of talent and are beyond catchy... I ponder my brain everyday wondering why bands like this and Porcupine Tree aren't at the forefront of Mainstream music... and then I remember... Sometimes it is better we keep these gems to real music fans and not companies that will just exploit and ruin them.

Favorite Songs: Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo, Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister, and Women We Haven't Met Yet

-4.5 Stars


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yikes! stripes! fruit stripes gum! April 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yowza this band is good...I saw them with Cursive and they managed to steal the small feat. So anyways...onto the CD. Supercool angular, two hand tapped (but not in metalcore gross style), clean melodic riffing complemented by incredible incredible drum and bass work (sounds heavily influenced by electronica music of all things) with cool lyrics sung by a cooler voice. And a guy that makes ambient noise effects/produces the records. There is no weak point to this band that i can think of. Recommended to fans of indie, pop, hardcore...anything really. Listen to this CD in your car with the windows down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars almost 8 years later... December 16, 2009
By brandon
Format:Audio CD
and it's only gotten better.

happy to say this album has been a part of my life since then.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but excelent December 20, 2003
By B
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to minus the bear not to long ago by a friend. So then I downloaded "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse." I thought it was a very good song so then I just bought the CD and listened to it. I was very impressed with what kind of music they brought to the table. All their songs are full of interesting guitar riffs and just all together incredible songs. Blending the emo with the space rock to create some happy tunes for the listener. I've been in the music scene for a long time, but I never gave MTB a chance because I thought it wouldn't be very good music just like some of those new bands comming out these days. I was siked I purchased this album, but I dont think it will be leaving my CD player any time soon.
If you are into bands such as sunny day real estate, codeseven, or The Mars Volta, definantly check out Minus the Bear. They are a band you dont want to over look.
A few songs to check out if you are interested:
"Thanks for the killer game of crisco twister", "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!", Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse", "Women we haven met yet".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so good September 2, 2003
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
every once in a while, i hear a band that changes my outlook on music. these guys are one of those bands. they make me feel like music can be something more than it seems. the only band i can think to compare them to at all is braid in their later years, but with crazy tap solos. no, not metal tap solos. imagine if you took a crazy metallica solo and kept the guitars clean and played the tap solo at half-speed during the entire song as melodic accompaniement. it's completely nuts. they sound like a disco-influenced indie rock band. i've not heard anyone that really sounds like them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars minus the bear equals fun times for all! August 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow; to say that I was totally impressed with this album would be an understatement. Guitars, samples, and vocals all both stimulating and soothing all at once; definitely one of those that you find yourself listening to straight through. Perfect for taking a drive (especially at night) or coming home and falling asleep to (which is a compliment, not an insult). Good mood music. Buy it, it's fun!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Background Music February 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is probably MTB's best CD...even if you are not typically into this genre I highly recommend having a listen. It's great background music; upbeat but not too demanding. I especially recommend this as a first-time album if you have heard of Minus the Bear and are looking to give them a go...MTB definitely has their own style and the best of it comes out in Highly Refined Pirates.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a relief... January 15, 2004
By mike
Format:Audio CD
Seriously. Its been so long since I've just listened to a CD in its entirety without interruption and have a smile from ear to ear. I picked this up on a whim when hearing the Seattle group Sharks Keep Moving was on a hiatus and current members were doing this band full time. This was also publicized as one of the three major ex-Botch bands (one of the others being the critically acclaimed rock outfit These Arms Are Snakes, who seem to be catching a lot of hype as well). So naturally I was intrigued by this, and knew I would at least enjoy it somewhat.
Boy was I way off. It was such a wonderful feeling to be caught so off guard, in a positive way for a change! This album is magnificent! Those who've read up on this already have probably already heard the tired and annoying "emo meets prog rock" moniker, which actually are two genres I hate classifying bands under. To me, they just don't seem like proper descriptions...for anything. On that note, its truly hard to pin a specific sound for Minus The Bear. They possess a more upbeat and poppy effect to the orchestral guitar work that was in Sharks Keep Moving, and in certain areas kind of remind me of the brilliant Chicago indie rock stylings of Cap'n Jazz and American Football, only much different. The addition of keyboards definitely adds a slight taste of progressive rock, and the songs as a whole definitely give off the indie/"emo" vibe, but I still wouldn't throw those comparisons around too much, despite them being the only way you could probably describe them to moronic kids that think bands like the Juliana Theory are doing something productive. Annnnnyway, the technical mathy guitar work here is definitely reminiscent of the genius that was Botch, only without the gut wrenching distortion and chaos Botch served up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album. sounds choice on vinyl.
Published 14 days ago by wilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn solid
As there debut length this length is increadible. From start to end. What knocks it out having 5 stars were the "Radio edit" versions of Get me naked 2 and Spritz! Spritz! Read more
Published 13 months ago by gio
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Refined Debut
While it's hard to look back on the past decade and find a lot of music one could define as ground-breaking and inspiring, one could always point to Seattle's chronically and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Estes
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I left my chihuahua in my other pants...
If nothing else, Minus the Bear deserve credit for having the awesomest song titles ever. And, better yet, they rarely, if ever, have anything at all to do with the lyrics. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by The Wickerman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I own
These guys remind me of Red Stars Theory, in that most people don't know who they are and they put out unique memorable music that could be a sub-genre of it's own. Read more
Published on October 20, 2009 by dhinged
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly refined indie rock
Quirky but not obnoxious, melodic and hardly pretentious indie rock is a solid outing of ambitious Incubus-like excursions into soothingly upbeat, passively-aggressive effective... Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars MTB put out the goods every time.
I wasn't sure what to expect from an album named "Highly Refined Pirates" but I went in with an open mind. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Tyler Schmalz
5.0 out of 5 stars Minus the Bear rocks good
Ok, so by now pretty much everybody has in some shape, way, form, or fashion heard of Minus the Bear. Highly Refined Pirates is probably their best album, atleast in my opinion. Read more
Published on March 31, 2006 by Justin Haynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Tis good stuff.
I listened to this because being a BOTCH fan I wanted to see what Dave Knudson(guitar) had moved on to, at first I didnt like it but it's confidence is part of it's charm... Read more
Published on April 19, 2005 by Mr. S. P. Gander
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have to agree with the other reviewers' use of the word "cool" to describe this album. It just is. Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by AA
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