Minus the Bear
Bands Like It When You Yell YAR at Them


3.0
good

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
June 15th, 2010 | 22 replies | 8,481 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: True story - bands really do like it when you yell "Yar!" at them. Trust me I've tried it.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

When looking at Minus The Bear most will think of Planet of Ice as the group’s best album but Highly Refined Pirates isn’t far behind in terms of quality. Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them was a promotional release about two months prior to Highly Refined Pirates release. The first two songs on the EP are songs that appear on the album itself and the last song is a demo version that went on to appear as a studio version on the album. “Spritz!!! Spritz!!!” is a very typical Minus The Bear song, with soaring vocals, bouncy guitar lines, and bringing all the best kinds of energy to the song and leaving little to be desired after listening to it. It was easy to see how this was one of the songs to make the cut to the album and it still sticks out as one of the best Minus The Bear songs to this date, lyrically and musically. The third and shortest song on here did not make the album. It’s just more of just a filler or interlude to pass between the major four songs on the EP.

The one song on the here that did not make Pirates was “Drop It Like It’s Hot” which isn’t a terrible song by any means but it’s rather short and somewhat boring. The chorus and bridge do make up for the lackluster beginning and end of the song but for the only song that you won’t see repeated on a studio album it was rather disappointing it wasn’t higher quality, but then again if it was it probably would have been on an actual album and not on this promotional release. The last song is again pretty mediocre as well. It’s a slower, more down ridden song, with a slower guitar sequence but is stronger in the drum and lyric departments than most of the songs on this EP. This is not a necessary purchase by any means and should only be sought out by hardcore Minus The Bear fans since three of the five songs appearing on here also appear on their first full length debut as well. Overall not a bad release but it’s just one of those things that you can either take it or leave it.



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SeaAnemone
June 15th 2010



19939 Comments


lots of truth in here.. nice succint review, pos... but yeah, I'll always be a MTB fanboy (just 5'ed Beer Commercials) and "Women We Haven't Met Yet" is fucking gorgeous

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

Slum
June 15th 2010



2579 Comments


Goodness this is short

SeaAnemone
June 15th 2010



19939 Comments


he says enough

Blindsided
June 15th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

5 songs man.
Could have wrote less.
Thanks Eric.

eternium
June 15th 2010



16336 Comments


Bands really like it when you yell "FREEBIRD" at them.

Slum
June 15th 2010



2579 Comments


Didn't mean it as an insult, this is actually quite good. I haven't checked out much of MTB besides their studio albums but I'm thinking about giving their other stuff a try.

SeaAnemone
June 15th 2010



19939 Comments


dude, Slum, if you haven't heard it Beer Commercials is the best in my opinion... even if I'm the only one in the world who thinks so

EVedder27
June 15th 2010



6088 Comments


Nice review Joe, I still need to work my way through their discog, since I only have OMNI and Planet of Ice

NeutralThunder12
June 15th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are you saying that Beer Commericals is better than Planet of Ice?

SeaAnemone
June 15th 2010



19939 Comments


Beer Commercials
Planet of ice (these two switch constantly)
HRP
Menos El Oso
Omni
Band Like It When...
Acoustics (worth hearing if you haven't)
This is what I know...

Slum
June 15th 2010



2579 Comments


Them's fightin words. Anyway I'll check out Beer Commercials

NeutralThunder12
June 15th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no no no no no no no no no no. Ill rank their LPs, as I have only heard two EPS in full and dont know them well enough, except for Beer Commercials, which is their best EP.
Planet
HRP
Omni
Menos

That MTB ranked. Love them.

Blindsided
June 15th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sea,
I bought this the other day and got Beer Commercials too so hopefully that'll grow on me a bunch soon too.

SeaAnemone
June 16th 2010



19939 Comments


no no no no no no no no no no... That MTB ranked. Love them.


ugh you haven't been working on not sounding like an idiot, i see

Inveigh
June 16th 2010



24866 Comments


good review Joe, I haven't heard this (well, besides the songs on Pirates).

also, Beer Commercials fuckin rules. Sea knows what's up.

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focksy
June 16th 2010



437 Comments


more people need to hear gigantic
hrp is their best and gigantic/beer commercials tie for 2nd

incomtaxes
August 2nd 2010



86 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not a fan of this.

Frankenhole
August 2nd 2010



57 Comments


Better than their Spanish s/t, that's for sure.

East Hastings
August 2nd 2010



4391 Comments


Better than their Spanish s/t, that's for sure.
yeah i'm not much a fan of menos el oso either

East Hastings
August 2nd 2010



4391 Comments


there were a few decent tracks, and then a lot of "well....this isn't very good" tracks, it just felt like the band didn't put much into it



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