Join us every night in May to celebrate the incomparable Numb.er – the Monday night residency the LA underground has been waiting for. FREE at The Echo.
Numb.er is the sonic brainchild of Los Angeles based photographer and visual artist Jeff Fribourg. With a background in graphic design, Fribourg imbues his work with a sense of architectural composition, layering angular guitar riffs and analog synths over throbbing drums and driving bass. (See Jeff’s work below)
Fribourg developed his love affair with synthesizers — and his open-minded approach to music — as a founding member of LA psych-kraut favorites Froth. However, it was only with the creation of Numb.er that he was able to fully explore his eclectic musical inclinations. Combining elements of punk, shoegaze and post-punk, the project never commits to a singular worldview, allowing Fribourg’s vision to go anywhere without sounding ironic or forced.
With the release of Goodbye, the band’s first LP due in late May on felte, Numb.er offers a genre-defying sonic document that finds them maximizing the creative potential of the studio while always remaining true to their dynamic and arresting live sound. Mixed and mastered by Mikey Young of Total Control, Numb.er takes a carefully orchestrated approach to chaos and adds Fribourg’s own subtle knack for memorable hooks and soft, melodic passages.
Sammie: What was your thought process when picking the bands for your May residency? Can you tell us a bit more about it and how you and your band are feeling about it?
Jeff: There were a few ideas around that really helped influence the booking of the numb.er Residencies. We really wanted to have some new bands that people might not be super familiar with to show some of the new wave of LA music that is really executing to us (Automatic, Circuit break(perfume), Paige Emery, Duress, c57b/l6). While planning out the nights we also wanted to have a residency reminiscent of the blow out Monday’s (feeding people, corners, adult books) that really made us always want to have a residency of our own.
All in all we’re feeling really good about what we did. We’re all really stoked on the bands and friends that are helping make all these nights so special and are excited to release our record at the echo.
Sammie: The residency is going to be leading up to your record release on Felte. This is such an anticipated record and we are so excited to hear it in its entirety! I’m interested to know if you think at all about how consumers will experience it? What do you think the record may say about you guys and the messages and sentiments you are conveying in your music?
Jeff: We’re all over the moon about joining the felte family. Jeff from felte is the coolest dude and his taste is impeccable so it felt really good to get the call from him and to have his support. The record has a broad underlying theme, for me it really symbolized the shedding of past emotions and hardships but I think that people will be able to relate to it in their own Individual ways and write their own story within the songs.
Sammie: Can you tell me a bit about your experience of making music in LA. How does your environment and the people around you influence what you create? You also make artwork for a lot of bands, does this affect your music or music making experience at all?
Jeff: I’m really glad you asked this. Making music and art in LA has been a wild ride and the caliber of the work that comes from the scene here is so impressive that I constantly find new inspiration and drive every time I go to a show or hear a new release. Doing art for bands also really pushes me to think differently and find ways to express a feeling with different identities; I think this plays into my music a lot because It forces me to carve out a section of my brain to focus on the emotion and vibe that Im trying to portray while staying true to the aesthetic and identity I’ve laid out for myself. It’s an interesting place to be in such an interesting time.
Residency schedule below:
(All shows are FREE & 21+)
Listen below to Numb.er’s Mix Takeover of some of their favorite tunes: