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Minus the Bear gives fans one last tour as it ends 17-year run

Seventeen years.

It’s gone in the blink of an eye for Cory Murchy.

The journey has taken Murchy, who grew up in Santa Fe, around the world with Minus the Bear.

And the time has come for the band to hang it up, so the group is on its farewell tour.

“It’s been wild,” he says of the tour. “It’s been amazing to see what we’ve been able to create and what we mean to people. It’s kind of like being able to see the forest and the trees at the same time – best of both worlds.”

Since the first shows in 2001, Minus the Bear has been thrilling crowds with its virtuosic songwriting and has played in cities including Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo. It has also played on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The band is known for its melding of genres and innovative use of pedals, loops, and electronic elements in their music.

In nearly two decades, Minus the Bear has released six full-length albums and seven EPs.

The latest album is 2017’s “Voids.” The band released the EP “Fair Enough” in October.

Minus the Bear formed in 2001 in Seattle. The band consists of Murchy, Jake Snider, Dave Knudson and Alex Rose.

Rose cut his teeth in the music scene in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The tour will end on Dec. 14 with a show in Seattle.

Murchy it taking every show in and enjoying it.

“These have been the longest sets that we’ve ever played, and they fly by,” he says. “It’s emotional. We’re going back to the first EP from 2001 and present pieces of our entire catalog. It was tough to pare it down.”

Murchy says “Fair Enough” is a nice bookend to the band’s music.

“We’ve evolved and changed over time,” he says. “We’ve become men. We were super-young when we started. We continued the growth professionally and personally. The perspective has changed, because we’ve all endured nearly 20 years of traveling and learning. It’s a constant evolution.”

Murchy is grateful the band wanted to do a farewell tour, because the fans have always been there with the band.

“It’s never lost on me going to shows,” he says. “I understand what live music meant to me and what it provided me in my formative years. It’s inspired me to do things and set out and do it on my own. The fans have grown with us. It’s humbling to see that we’ve meant to them. I feel like we’ve come full circle.”

As for Murchy’s next chapter, he simply says, “it’s going to be making music and art. I’m excited about the future.”