Noise by Numbers

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Noise By Numbers
Live in Chicago, Jan 2011
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Pop punk
Years active 2008-present
Labels Asian Man, Solidarity
Associated acts Screeching Weasel, the Queers, the Methadones, Riverdales, The Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes, The Bomb, Dan Vapid and the Cheats
Members Dan Schafer
Jeff Dean
Rick Uncapher
Jimmy Lucido
Past members Neil Hennessy

Noise By Numbers is pop punk band featuring Dan Schafer (Screeching Weasel, the Queers, the Methadones, Sludgeworth), Jeff Dean (The Bomb, All Eyes West, Four Star Alarm, The Story So Far, Dead Ending), Rick Uncapher (Textbook, Dan Vapid and the Cheats, Woolworthy), and Jimmy Lucido (Nightmare Air).[1] Their sound has been described as reminiscent of Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., Naked Raygun and the Effigies.[2]


The band formed in late 2008 when long-time friends Dan Schafer and Jeff Dean started writing songs together.[3] They recruited bassist Rick Uncapher (Textbook, Woolworthy) and drummer Neil Hennessy (The Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes) to complete the line up. They recorded their first album, Yeah, Whatever... with Matt Allison at Atlas Studios, which was released in November 2009 on Asian Man Records (CD/Digital) and Solidarity Recordings (vinyl). Hennessy left the band after recording the album and was replaced by Jimmy Lucido (Light FM, The Strays, Bang Bang). The band's second album, Over Leavitt, was recorded by Jeff Dean, produced by Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club) and was released August 2, 2011.[4][5][6]

Mike Soucy, of The Methadones, has also played drums with the band live.

The band has performed with acts such as Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Hey Mercedes, Small Brown Bike, Banner Pilot, 88 Fingers Louie, The Bollweevils, and Bomb the Music Industry. They have also taken part in various festivals, including Insubordination Fest, Windy City Sound Clash[7][8] and Fest 9,[9][10] and they toured the East Coast in August 2010.[5][6]


Past Members:


  • Jim Derogatis, of the Chicago Sun-Times, said the band "inject a heaping dose of sing-along melody into every propulsive and hard-hitting groove"[2]
  • Byrne Yancey, of, described the band as a "supergroup".[5]
  • AMP Magazine said "Think early ALKALINE TRIO meets PINHEAD GUNPOWDER East Bay stuff.".[11]
  • Jordan Baker, of, described the band as having "an unmistakable Chicago pop-punk sound" with "plenty of infectious melodies".[12]
  • Named as one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know About in 2012" by Alternative Press in the March 2012 issue.[3]



  • Yeah, Whatever... (2009, Asian Man, Solidarity)[13]
  • Over Leavitt (2011, Jump Start Records)[14]
  • High on Drama (EP) (2015, Jump Start Records)[15]


  • "So Quickly"/"Under The Milky Way" 7" (2009, Art of The Underground Records No. 43)[16][17]
  • "Between Planets" (w/ “My Wandering Days are Over” by Cheap Girls) 7" (2011, Suburban Home Records)[18]
  • Split 7" w/ The Magnificent (2011, Solidarity Recordings)[19]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Plea For Peace (2010, Solidarity) includes "Paris In September"[20]
  • Asian Man Records: Vol. 1 (2010, Asian Man) includes "Cold Embrace"[21]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Paul, Aubin (October 23, 2009). "Media: Noise By Numbers: "Yeah, Whatever...."". Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Derogatis, Jim (November 16, 2009). "Demo2DeRo: Noise By Numbers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Dauphin, Michael (March 1, 2012). "100 Bands You Need to Know About in 2012". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 28, 2012. Noise By Numbers, the band he started in December 2008 with guitarist Jeff Dean (The Bomb, All Eyes West) as an outlet for guitar-driven, pop-oriented, punk songs. 
  4. ^ "Over Leavitt". Jump Start Records/Bandcamp. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Yancey, Byrne (July 15, 2010). "Noise By Numbers finishing new LP, announce tour dates". Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "About". Noise By Numbers. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Windy City Sound Clash". 
  8. ^ White, Adam (May 4, 2010). "Windy City Sound Clash ticket giveaway". Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fest 9". 
  10. ^ Paul, Aubin (September 17, 2010). "More bands confirmed for The Fest 9". Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Noise By Numbers interview" (PDF). AMP Magazine (Issue No. 41). Winter 2009. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Baker, Jordan (December 28, 2009). "Noise By Numbers "yeah, whatever..."". Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Yeah, Whatever ...". Asian Man Records. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ Yancey, Byrne (February 14, 2011). "Noise By Numbers join Jump Start Records". Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ Faulkner, Cole (January 21, 2015). "Noise By Numbers Streams New EP". Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Noise By Numbers "So Quickly" single". Sorry State Records. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Noise By Numbers - Single Series Volume 43". Art of the Underground. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Noise By Numbers "Under The Influence" single". Suburban Home Records. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ "News". Solidarity Recordings. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ Wolf, Fenris (August 27, 2010). "Solidarity Records plans "Plea for Peace" compilation". Amp Magazine. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Asian Man Records Volume 1". Asian Man Records. Retrieved February 5, 2011.