When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York’s Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003. Initially spawned from electronic-centered home recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn’t a problem.
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.
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.
Vinyl Williams is a project by Lionel Williams, local Los Angeles artist & musician. The unfolding of VW's sonic & visual work has glimpsed into the celestial astrocracy – impressionistic realms beyond cognition, namely inter-dimensional landscapes & civilizations, and inexplicably blissful moods of uncertain unfamiliar treasure.
The new album "Into" was released last July on Carpark / Company Records.
For fans of: Woodsman, Belong, Tim Hecker, Pure X, My Bloody Valentine, Can.
Recent support slots include: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, & Toro Y Moi.