Minus The Bear – Acoustics II (1st Press)

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Vinyl
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Minus The Bear released a second acoustic album this fall titled Acoustics II. The band did a Pledge Music (a kickstarter esque crowd sourcing site) campaign to raise funds for something, although I’m not sure any of it actually went to anything related to the recording/ release of the album. I  say that because there was no mention of to common tag lines associated with kickstarter type things like “contributions go to help fund the recording process, to pay for a vinyl pressing or any other manufacturing costs associated with releasing an album.” It just seemed like a way to generate some quick cash.

There were rewards though, so you did get something for your money. Rewards ranged from $15 for a CD all the way up to $1,000 for a signed acoustic guitar. There was supposed to be a pledger exclusive color for the record, which did not turn out to be as that color was also sold on tour. Test pressings with a hand written lyric sheet were also made available for a $150 pledge Apparently people never received a hand written lyric sheet, only a photocopied thank you note. The cheapest option for the record was $40, but this came signed by the band. Copies of the record bought outside of the Pledge Music campaign were around $20 depending on where you bought it.

There are also two brand new songs on Acoustics II, which are mixed into the album. They do not fall consecutively at the beginning or end of the album. They are track 1 “Riddles” and track 6 “The Storm.” The new songs are in the acoustic vein, but not as stripped down as the earlier MTB tracks found on the album.

The pressing info is a bit hazy for this, are there are three known colors all limited to 1,000 copies each; 180 gram black, 3-color blend/split (red/blue/black) and blue/black/clear splatter (which is the pledger and tour exclusive). There are a total of 5,000 copies pressed, with the first 3,000 copies on colored vinyl (I guess 180g black counts as colored vinyl in Minus The Bear and Suicide Squeeze’s book). The remaining 2,000 copies will be made available internationally (as in outside the U.S.) No word on color or any other finer details for those remaining 2,000 copies. The copies out there so far come with a one-sided insert that has the lyrics printed on it. But since eight out of the 10 songs are not new the lyrics sheet is pretty pointless.

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