By Ashley Paskill
Minus The Bear, a Seattle-based rock band, have released “Fair Enough,” their final album, amidst touring with their farewell tour. The band, who released their first EP in 2001, announced their breakup in July, citing a variety of reasons for splitting, including wanting to do new creative projects and overall life changes such as family commitments.
Fair Enough was released on October 19, 2018. The album was released by Suicide Squeeze Records, whom the band has made all but two albums with since their start. Though the album only has four songs, it fills a decent amount of time and it is meaty enough to satisfy the soul with just one listen.
Each song is so different, all while maintaining a signature sound and feel overall. The lyrics are hearty and genuine, giving listeners something to think about and relate to. Most of the album has an indie rock feel to it, with “Invisible” being the exception.
The title track, “Fair Enough,” was originally supposed to be on the band’s LP, VOIDS. According to their interview with Stereogum, the title was a working title, but it eventually just stuck and was not intended to be a commentary on this being their final album. The song does have a message of almost defeat, even if it was unintentional. Its message can be applied to a variety of relationships and circumstances, making it relatable despite its vagueness.
“Invisible,” while it is a remix, is a great ending song. It has a great message, telling listeners that they are not invisible. It offers a glimmer of hope and positivity, even though the song is the last song on their last album. It has a very pop feel to it, but it is more upbeat than the other tracks of the album. It certainly is a stark contrast of the almost defeatist feel of the first track, “Fair Enough.”
Though it is always bittersweet to see a band break up and a huge chapter close, it feels like these guys have more up their sleeves, even if it is solo albums or other creative ventures. This album, though short, provides a nice album to close on, especially since it contains a song that was not on the previous LP.