Discover This: Lowercase Numbers

The intriguing sound of Lowercase Numbers has its roots in jazz while flirting with metal and math rock, and taking inspiration from virtually everything else in-between.

The Boon, North Carolina (largely) instrumental rockers have honed a fun, highly energetic sound that came to fruition with the release of debut EP No Songs About Girls in May.

We took a listen to the brilliantly titled Sexting Under The Stars. It opens up with a light guitar lick that picks up speed with little flurries of guitar over rolling drums. It suddenly drops in pace, with light cymbals under a meandering little guitar lick, and builds up in dreamy atmospheric sound towards a big hit of fuzzy guitars over more intense drums.

The track is a funky mish-mash of various sections and styles, all of which are woven together by cool guitar licks. It all builds up to a big blast of cool descending guitars and wild drums then a flickering little riff over a descending riff, before the previous bursts of guitar return in an energetic outro. Give it a listen below:

And if you’re not yet convinced, then just have a listen to the absolute madness that ensues throughout the four minutes of The Pink Sloth Attacks below:

We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…

GR: Who are Lowercase Numbers?

LN: “We’re a three-piece band from the mountains of North Carolina and we played together in multiple bands before starting Lowercase. We eventually became roommates, and then decided to start learning some compositions from ideas we came up with. In November of 2018, we booked a house show under the name Lowercase Numbers and decided to keep it going.”

GR: You just released Sexting Under The Stars (great song title). What should people be expecting from the song?

LN: “People should expect a wonky rendition of pop music with lots of different sections. We all collectively came up with different ideas and pieced them together. I guess you can kinda say the tune goes down a lot of different rabbit holes while exploring different styles and genres.”

GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet? 

LN: “Our sound is a bit like if a band couldn’t really decide on a genre, so we decided to remix accessible pop music with elements of math rock and dance funk. Edward would probably call us pop but I think I think it’s fair to say that we’re flirting with jazz, dipping our toes in metal and striving for poppy hooks.”

GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about? 

LN: “A lot of our music is instrumental so the themes we like to play around with are sharp juxtapositions along with parodies of famous motifs/pieces.” 

GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences? 

LN: “The list is infinite, we all really like indie rock, prog and jazz, but here’s a list of some artists who have inspired us. Frank Zappa, Tera Melos, John Coltrane, Hella, Phish, Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Led Zeppelin, Thundercat, Sonic Youth, Weezer, Fall of Troy, Django Reinhart, Real Estate, spirit of the beehive, Plini, Yes, Hiromi, Black Sabbath, Stravinsky, Chon, Wes Montgomery, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The 1975.”

GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?

LN: “We’re planning on spending the rest of 2019 working on new songs and playing local and regional shows. There are some shows we have lined up but we’re hoping to record an LP in the fall.”

GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your 

LN: “The unexpected moments in life, like music, are the most entertaining according to David. Edward wants people to dance to math rock. Marcus wants you to stay tuned.”

You can follow Lowercase Numbers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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