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+/- {Plus/Minus}

After spending a few years playing in his brother Ed Baluyut's band, Versus, James Baluyut opted to go solo in 2001. The project was called Plus/Minus (+/-), and after a whirlwind year of writing and recording material, Baluyut released his first album, Self-Titled Long-Playing Debut Album, on Teenbeat Records in 2002. Baluyut was joined by Margaret McCartney and former Versus member Patrick Ramos on the album, but by and large it was Baluyut's baby -- he sang the songs, he played the instruments, and he even produced the album. He recruited a couple old friends to fill out Plus/Minus shortly after the first album was released -- Ramos joined the group on guitar and vocals, and Chris Deaner joined on drums. They got to work on some new songs, cobbling together what would become the band's signature synthy, jumpy sound. The group released its first EP, Holding Patterns, in 2004, and followed it up a few months later with its second full-length album, You Are Here. The second full-length marked the crystallization of Plus/Minus's signature blend of dream pop and hyperactive drumming. They went on tour in Japan, necessitating a premature release of their third album, Let's Build a Fire, and they followed it up with performances at SXSW and the Noise Pop festival. Soon after that, they landed a deal with Absolutely Kosher Records, which allowed them to put the finishing touches on their third full-length effort, Let's Build a Fire. It was released in late 2006 and followed two years later by Xs on Your Eyes. A 2009 EP entitled Thrown into the Fire and a few spare compilation tracks would be all the world heard from the band until the release of their 2014 full length Jumping the Tracks. The album found the band back on Teenbeat Records and tended towards a slightly more lushly arranged take on the sound of their older albums, though their signature sound of intermingling wild rhythms and hooky indie rock tunes remained. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi
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decal_12
I've got this on kinda quiet 'cuz I'm at work, but it sounds a lot like Bloc Party. Only much less apt to annoy...
uaao
I love the fact they chose a name that can't be saved in a Windows based file since + and / are considered invalid characters for files. Smart.
jeremy7109
Nice to see so many kind words about one of my favorite bands. The DCFC comparison probably stems from the fact that they've toured together; the Modest Mouse comparison is far more worrisome, and totally perplexing. And yes, the drummer is amazing...he was actually tapped to tour with Kelly Clarkson, due to his skill and comfort level with playing along to electronics, and I believe that's still his "day job". Lastly, if you like +/-, check out James & Patrick's previous band, Versus.
haleyyc
I love them!
Good write up on the history of Plus Minus except that the author doesn't say where they are from. Where are they from?
Good band. Good music - some of it outstanding.
sk21
A little sparse, but then I've only heard one song...Death Cab for Cutie in the similar artists is kind of worrisome, but I'll reserve judgment.
woahh.. plus/minus is wicked interesting. . . t h a t s the only word for it.

i think i'm in love :o
dragonflames _ 0 0 7
Yea anawil, I discovered them during a indie college radio listen as well! I heard the song "The Hours You Keep"

yep they're awesome


robin2048
The best kind of indie rock. This is all worth a listen.
anawils
I haven't heard such good music in a long time. I discovered PlusMinus on an indie station and was hooked the very first time I heard "Making The Horse Drink". They are awesome musicians, the drummer is ill, and their lyrics and music just send me.

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