April 15, 2021


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Confront the Music: Like By Numb3rs debuts on best

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Left to appropriate: Jon Roods, Anna Lombard and Dan Connor of Appreciate By Numb3rs. Photograph by Alex Fisher

Love By Numb3rs is a new band comprising Anna Lombard, Jon Roods and Dan Connor. Their debut album, “Parachute,” comes out Friday and is by now my favorite regional album of 2020. Its 11 tracks traverse roots, rock, indie, soul and gospel, and I would not be shocked if the album earns them nationwide airplay and attention.

“Western Son,” with guest musician Josh Duym on electric guitar and dobro, is a sweeping, wonderful tune with a twangy vibe and Lombard’s considerably-reaching vocals. “We’re like little grains of sand/The tide will appear and go/And then pull us back again to land/It’ll help save us in the conclude.”

“Lost in the Deep Snow” has Lombard and Connor each and every using a verse and then singing in unison, “If you are scared of flying/Keep on to my arms/Really don’t just take off without having me/Don’t choose off without the need of me,” which appears like both a assure and a plea, and it’s magnificent.

“Parachute” ends with the gospel tune “The Glory.” The early edition was penned by Connor several several years back and was a personal prayer. “I in no way believed I would use it on an album. I would sit all-around and sing it to myself when I was at my cheapest, and it would often make me truly feel superior.” On “Parachute,” it’s Lombard’s voice you are going to hear, and she reaches unparalleled heights with it.

It is also Lombard’s voice on “Don’t Allow Me Die,” and despite the fact that I’ve been a lover of her vocals since very first hearing her sing “So Lonely” with Gypsy Tailwind back in 2008, she by some means keeps finding far better. “The chill of the h2o/It was rolling like thunder/Tide was a coming and together arrived this person,” she sings with restrained still strong conviction.

The tale of Adore By Numb3rs upends the idea that it doesn’t acquire a brain surgeon to make an album. This may possibly be the a person time that it actually did.

Initial some nuts and bolts. Multi-instrumentalist Roods is finest recognised as a member of Rustic Overtones. He engineered, blended and created “Parachute” and also performs several instruments on it, which includes drums, bass, guitar, percussion and Moog (synthesizer). Lombard sings and plays piano, harmonica and glockenspiel on the album, and Connor sings and performs acoustic guitar, piano and Wurlitzer organ. “Parachute” was mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering and was recorded at South Ranch Documents, which is the title Roods and Lombard have provided to the home they share in South Portland in which the kitchen area doubles as a studio. Alex Fisher was executive producer of the project.

Lombard and Connor have been bandmates in the massively popular roots and Americana act Gypsy Tailwind. Gypsy Tailwind shaped in 2008 and released “Halo Session,” followed by two other individuals, the 2nd of which showcased a unique vocalist since Lombard was on hiatus. In 2012, Lombard rejoined the band, and they had been doing work on their fourth album when factors unraveled between the bandmates and they known as it quits.

That exact yr, Connor observed out he had a peach-sized malignant brain tumor. Medical procedures, chemo and radiation treatment adopted. Connor claimed he’ll under no circumstances overlook how amazing it was to have his Gypsy Tailwind bandmates present up to the clinic and be by his aspect as he was wheeled into medical procedures.

Given that then, Connor has gotten his mind scanned twice a year, and all of individuals scans had come back distinct, until June when one more tumor appeared, which, Connor spelled out, is fairly standard with his form of brain most cancers. Following surgical treatment in September, Connor is now nearing the conclusion of 6 weeks of radiation therapies when also having an oral form of chemotherapy.

Rewind to about five several years back, when Connor and Lombard ended up as neighbors for a time and repaired their friendship when also operating on tracks jointly. “I understood there experienced been tracks that Dan experienced been performing on and attempting to flesh out permanently, and we would exercise some of people tracks,” stated Lombard.

In September 2019, Connor arrived at out to Lombard and Roods to see if they’d be interested in creating an album jointly. They claimed of course. “We all went into it with no anticipations of what the end end result would be,” reported Lombard.

By December of previous year, they had begun performing on it and would get two times a 7 days to compose, observe and report tracks.  Then the pandemic strike, and for a handful of months, Lombard and Roods continued on their possess right until Connor was equipped to safely return to their home in the latter section of spring. Then arrived the news that the cancer was back and Connor was informed by his neurosurgeon he had to agenda his operation inside six months. He chose mid-September, and the 3 musicians cast ahead with “Parachute.”

Like By Numb3rs “Parachute” album cover. Layout by Walt Craven

At first they were going to contact the band Glory By Figures, but landed on Really like By Numb3rs unintentionally. Lombard wrote Love By Quantities by oversight on the band’s Soundcloud url. The up coming early morning, she woke to a text from Connor declaring it was fantastic. They extra the “3” to the spelling afterwards. The band credits their close friend and govt producer Alex Fisher with coming up with the album title. It resonated with all of them, particularly considering that they understood that a parachute and the mind both work better when open up. There is also yet another rationale.

“We commenced contemplating about the safe landing to get through what Dan and we have been all likely via on distinctive concentrations but completely,” explained Lombard.

“We were all parachutes for a person one more,” extra Connor.

“Parachute” will be accessible on all streaming platforms, and the band is planning on releasing vinyl. Follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/LOVEBYNUMB3RS) and Instagram (instagram.com/lovebynumb3rs).

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