Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear

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The August-due project will be a full-length set, including two new songs.

Minus The Bear's latest album, "Infinity Overhead," may have returned the Seattle group to its guitar-centered roots, but the group is planning to show its quiet side later this year.

Bassist Cory Murchy tells Billboard that the quintet has recorded a sequel to 2008's "Acoustics," including both new and revised older material, that he predicts "will be coming out in August or something like that." It was produced by former keyboardist Matt Bayles, who also helmed "Infinity Overhead," and turned out to be a bigger project that MTB initially envisioned when it hit the studio at the beginning of the year.

"We started with an EP's worth of music and ended up with a full-length of 10 or 11 songs," Murchy says. "That was kind of neat to do that. There's a couple of new songs -- 'Acoustics' had just one, so this year we doubled it -- so it was neat to get the writing process again. And the rest are older songs, so we just figure out the arrangements and do them acoustically. It's a little more laid back, but it's fun to take a different look at the stuff."

MTB is currently on the road with Circa Survive, a tour that wraps up March 30 in Oklahoma City. The group is heading to Europe in the middle of April and is currently determining its late spring and summer plans. Meanwhile, Murchy says band and fans alike are enjoying the "Infinity Overhead" after MTB explored "a more electronic feel" on its predecessor, 2010's "Omni."

"We had a good time writing it and recording it," Murchy notes. "We kind of went back to our roots, if you will, just with recording again with Matt and kind of relying a little bit more on the guitar side of things, just kind of getting back to basics. I'm sure everyone was feeling more happy and comfortable with a guitar in their hands. That doesn't mean we won't try to (experiment) again in the future, but I think this is kind of the 'sound' that everyone associates with the band, and we'll never go away from it entirely."

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