Real Numbers recently shared the second track “New Boy” off their forthcoming release Wordless Wonder, due out October 14th via Slumberland Records.
Wordless Wonder follows up a pair of 12″ EPs on Three Dimensional Records, a single on Florida’s Dying, and recent appearances on cassettes from Forged Artifacts and No Problem. Tenderly crafted by Matt Castore at his St. Paul, MN studio A Harder Commune from late 2015 to early 2016.
Members of the band include Eli Hansen (Cozy, Boys Club, Retainers) on vocals and guitars, John Eggerman (Cozy, Private Interests, Mystery Date) on bass, and James Blackfield (France Camp, Nice Purse) on drums. The addition of full time lead guitar player Ian Nygaard (Nice Purse, Howler) reveals a much fuller sound while maintaining the band’s trademark DIY simplicity.
Tracking was a layered affair with a focus on guitars. “We wanted something different than previous releases which had a very ‘live’ production,” explains Eli. This was accomplished by doubling most rhythm tracks, stacking leads and – on a few songs – adding a 12-string acoustic, Eli’s “new favorite instrument.” Continuing their flirtations with keys (see the solo on 2013’s “Ordeal”) Matt Castore’s wind organ closes side one, while Eli’s childhood Casio SK-1 adds depth to the side two closer “This Happy Sadness” – a song simultaneously about a mix-tape, failing relationships, and Matt Haynes’ pre-Sarah fanzine “Are You Scared To Get Happy.”
Real Numbers made their debut East coast rounds last summer and are planning a return trip in September. Previous jaunts have consisted of Gonerfest (2011), SXSW (2013), UK/Europe (2010 & 2011) and Japan (2013 & 2014). An Australian tour in 2013 yielded such tremendous opportunities as lawn bowling with The Stevens, performing live on FBI Radio, crashing at Gooch Manor, and having Shorty and Joe from Royal Headache fill in on drums and guitar.
Wordless Wonder will be released by Slumberland records on October 14, 2016.