A synth-tinged indie rock act with roots in hardcore bands Botch and Kill Sadie, Seattle's Minus the Bear are driven by a tension between pop simplicity and more adventurous musicianship. Though "Steel and Blood" doesn't foreground guitarist Dave Knudsen's renowned finger-tapping, it does swerve unexpectedly under its bright sound and Jake Snider's morose singing, lending an otherwise smooth song a little animating friction. – Eric Grandy, Google Play
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