Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Numerators - Dead

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


Suicide Squeeze Records has been around since 1996, not bad going for a label that began with the purpose of documenting some of the fine alternative bands of America's Pacific north-west, always a rich area for decent music. In that time their catchment area has spread a little further while still giving that all-important support to local bands. 2013 sees their 17th singles series, and it's as part of this series that Brooklyn-based Texans The Numerators release new single 'Dead', a typically ragged psych/garage track that has one eye on the 1960s underground beat movement and another on the more recent lo-fi craze, although it copies neither, preferring to borrow and twist the sounds into a shape of their own.

On 'Dead', an ominous bassline appears, reminiscent of an intro to one of The Doors' more epic pieces, but this is soon joined by some fantastically piercing and jangling guitar. It sounds as though they went in to a shop and bought the cheapest gear that was on offer, and it sounds great. The vocals sit deep in the mix and are like a modern cousin to The Seeds. From the mid-point they do away with the lyrics and let those ringing and tinny sounds take whatever course they fancy. It's a classic low-budget recording with some interesting effects mixed in that's best listened to on vinyl, and maybe the mind-altering substance of your choice.



The Numerators' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

THUR JUNE 13 SILENT BARN (BK) NO-SIDE FEST
w/ BIG UPS, THE NEIGHBORS, WERID WOMB
SAT JUNE 22 DON PEDROS (BK) GARAGE PUNK NYC NIGHT
w/ TRASH TIDE & THE EERIES
SAT JULY 6 BIG SNOW (BK) LANTERN RECORD RELEASE SHOW
w/ LANTERN & PC WORSHIP
FRI AUG 2 DEATH BY AUDIO (BK) w/ EETS FEATS
SAT AUG 3 TBA PHILLY w/ EETS FEATS
SUN AUG 4 GOLDEN WEST CAFE BALTIMORE w/ EETS FEATS
MON AUG 12 CAKE SHOP (NYC)
w/ THE WIMPS    





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