Dumb Numbers

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Dumb Numbers
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Indie rock, noise rock
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Joyful Noise
Associated acts Melvins, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Jesus Lizard, Best Coast, Dead River, Magic Dirt, Useless Children
Website dumbnumbers.com

Dumb Numbers is the musical project of Adam Harding, videographer from L.A. Lou Barlow, Dale Crover, Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast) and others contributed to the studio album. David Lynch did the cover art for the studio-album, and David Yow directed the video for the album's single which appeared in Rolling Stone. The band's roster for live shows fluctuates depending upon the touring schedule of members. Personnel who consistently appear onstage during Dumb Numbers shows include Harding, Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.), Bonnie Mercer, and Pete Lyman.

Harding's native country is Australia. Prior to the debut of Dumb Numbers, Harding was better-known as a videographer (having directed music videos for DJ Shadow, Warpaint, Sebadoh, Lou Barlow, and Magic Dirt). However, many of the albums contributors were already established as independent musicians.

A genre-defying act, Dumb Numbers musical style has been described variously as doom, sludge, and "swooning feedback pop," however there is general agreement that none of these labels are definitive.[1]


Dumb Numbers

Dumb Numbers began when Harding collaborated with Lou Barlow, creating music for a scene in filmmaker John Waters's Cry-Baby. The Barlow/Harding song wasn't used in the film, but during the writing and recording of the music Harding gathered and worked with a group of Los Angeles musicians who would ten years later collaborate to create an album, Dumb Numbers.

Harding selects musicians for each Dumb Numbers project from a large group of friends and collaborators.”[2][3]

The self-titled Debut was released on Joyful Noise Recordings in August of 2013, with the single ("Redrum") premiering in the AV Club and in InSound's weekly mixtape.[4] The video for "Redrum", directed by David Yow, premiered in Rolling Stone, and Spin the following month.[5][6][7] Reviews of the album were generally positive, citing an atavistic and primal indie-rock sound.[8][9]


The list of personnel involved with Dumb Numbers include, but is not exclusive to: Adam Harding, Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.), Bonnie Mercer (of Dead River, Grey Daturas), Pete Lyman, Lou Barlow (of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion et al), Dale Crover (of The Melvins, Altamont, Nirvana), Toshi Kasai (of Deaf Nephews Studio in Los Angeles), David Yow (of Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard, Qui), director David Lynch (did the cover art), Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast), Chad Matheny (of Emperor X), and others.[10]


Dumb Numbers toured with the Lemonheads, My Bloody Valentine, and Sebadoh during the latter half of 2013. Harding plans to continue touring.[11][12] Reports of the band's live performances on tour were positive. According to the Brooklyn Vegan, "Their sludgy, doom went over pretty good."[13][14]


  1. ^ Weingarten, Christopher. "Stream Dumb Numbers' Swooning Feedback-Pop Self-Titled Debut Album". Spin. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dumb Numbers Debuts". Joyful Noise Recordings. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Seury, Marion (September 2013). "Dumb Numbers". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Eakin, Marah. "Listen to the new track from indie rock semi-supergroup Dumb Numbers". AV Club. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Luerrsen, John D. "Dumb Numbers' Story 'Tells Itself' in 'Redrum' – Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ McGovern, Kyle. "Dumb Numbers Teams With Jesus Lizard Singer for Freaky 'Redrum' Video". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dumb Numbers release LP, to tour with The Lemonheads (2013)". Ghettoblaster. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dumb Numbers". tinymixtapes. Retrieved 15 November 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ Spicer, Justin. "Agitated Atmosphere: Dumb Numbers Debuts". KEXP. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dumb Numbers Family Tree". Joyful Noise Recordings. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Dumb Numbers released guest-filled LP (Lou Barlow, David Yow, Dale Crover & more), opening for MBV (dates, streams)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dumb Numbers release LP, to tour with The Lemonheads (2013)". Ghettoblaster. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Pearis, Bill. "My Bloody Valentine played Hammerstein Ballroom w/ Dumb Numbers". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Slaybaugh, Stephen. "My Bloody Valentine @ Hammerstein Ballroom: November 11, 2013". CMJ. Retrieved 17 November 2013.