Numbers - We're Animals
Kill Rock Stars
Itâ€™s dangerous to form rigid expectations of what a band should sound like. My expectations of what the new Numbers record would sound like was swiftly disemboweled by the jagged edge of the Kill Rock Stars logo. Weâ€™re Animals is a smooth, sticky butter made from the crunchy nuts that are older Numbers songs. I donâ€™t mean to be super negative. Itâ€™s a good record. Itâ€™s just that I can think of plenty of bands that already do the sweet-and-sour-boneless-rock thing. Sure, thereâ€™s only so much you can do with yelpy, genderless vocals, Buzzerk, and manic disco drumming. And I can even appreciate the more thoughtful, polished sound. But I was just so totally in love with the classic â€œToo Cool To Say Hiâ€ Numbers. At least they included one track with a familiar wonkiness: â€œThe Fuck You Garageâ€ has Indra screaming just like old times. Mostly I like the record because pets are thanked in the liner notes.