Numb (band)

Numb is a Canadian electro-industrial band that is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Numb
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresElectro-industrial
Years active1986–2000, 2019
LabelsMetropolis Records
Zoth Ommog
Re-Constriction Records
Kk Records
Lively Art
Edge Records
Burning Records
Associated actsHalo Gen, Sin, Downtime, Proof By Nine, Images in Vogue
MembersDon Gordon
Past membersDavid Collings
Blair Dobson
David Hall
Conan Hunter
Sean Stubbs

HistoryEdit

Numb was founded by Don Gordon, David Hall and Sean Stubbs in 1986.[2][3] The band issued their self-titled debut studio album Numb in 1987 on Edge and World Records.[4] Their second album Christmeister was released by Lively Art in 1989.[5][6][7]

The band's third album Death on the Installment Plan, released in 1993, featured weird electronic tape-loops overlaid with heavily distorted vocals.[8] The 1994 album Wasted Sky used some of the same techniques, but with a darker feel and more technically varied approach.[9][10]

Singer David Collins joined the band in 1995; the band released its fifth album, Blood Meridian, which contained strong, violent electronic sound but no guitar music, in 1997.[11][12][13] Two years later, Numb recorded the electronic dance album Language of Silence, released through Metropolis.[14] The tracks on this album were somewhat quieter and darkly intense.[15][16][17][18][19]

Following the release of one final single, "Suspended", Numb disbanded in 1998, and Gordon moved to Vietnam to live with his wife.[20]

After what was considered by many to be a retirement of the project and Don Gordon from the music scene in general, an album of new material was made available via Bandcamp on August 23, 2019 titled Mortal Geometry.

MembersEdit

  • Don Gordon – Producing
  • David Collings – Vocals (1995–2000)
  • Blair Dobson – Vocals (1989–1991)
  • David Hall – Keyboards, Programming (1986–1991)
  • Conan Hunter – Vocals, Programming (1992–1994)
  • Sean Stubbs (Sean St.Hubbs) – Vocals, Drums, Percussion (1986–1988), Live Drums (1994–1995, 1998)

DiscographyEdit

Full length albums and EPsEdit

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • Desire/Blind Remixes (1998, KK)

EPs

  • Blue Light (1987, Burning)
  • Fixate (1993, KK)

Singles

  • "Serie Limitée"
  • "Bliss" (1991, Oceana/Onslot Music)
  • "Blind" (1997, Metropolis)
  • "Suspended" (1998, Metropolis)

Compilation appearancesEdit

  • "Eugene (Pickaxe Mix by Pig and Andrew Burton)" on Funky Alternatives Vol. 6 Concrete (1991)
  • "Curse (Metastsizing Dub)" on Electro-Genetic KK (1993)
  • "Shithammer (Dread & Bled)" on Moonraker Off Beat (1993)
  • "Blue Light, Black Candle (live)" on Celtic Circle Sampler #2 (1994)
  • "Ratblast (Compressed & Distressed)" on The Digital Space Between Hard (1994)
  • "Decay of the Angel" on Body Rapture Vol. 4 Zoth Ommog (1994)
  • cover of Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" on Operation Beatbox Reconstriction (1996)
  • "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" on TV Terror: Felching a Dead Horse Reconstriction (1997)
  • "Blind (Hyper-dilated) on Electronic Lust, Vol. 1 Orkus (1998)
  • "Desire (Protean)" on The O-Files Vol. 3 Off Beat (1998)
  • "Desire (Prelude and Nocturne)" on The O-Files Vol. 3 Off Beat (1998)
  • "Blind (Mentallo Mix)" on The O-Files Vol. 3 Off Beat (1998)
  • "Blood (Crash & Bleed Edit)" on Electropolis, Vol. 1 Metropolis (1998)
  • cover of the theme from "Suspiria" on Electronic Lust Orkus (1999)
  • "Half-Life" on Septic Vol. 1 Dependent (1999)
  • "Respect" on Electro Club Attack-Shot 2 XXC (1999)
  • "Static" on Electropolis, Vol. 2 Metropolis (2000)
  • "Deviation" on Orgazma Tracks Vol. 3 Alter Ego (2001)

Side projectsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Numb > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Mahan, Michael (February 15, 1999). "Numb: Language of Silence". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. 57 (605): 29. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  3. ^ D'Halleine, David (November 24, 2011). La Croche Lune. Lulu Press, Inc. p. 197. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Numb: Numb > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Numb: Christmeister > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Numb: Christmeister". CD Review. WGE Pub. 4: 317. 1990. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Numb: Christmeister". InMusic. ABC Consumer Magazines. 1 (3–10): 28. 1990. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Bonner, Staci (1993). "Numb: Death on the Installment Plan". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. 8 (3): 16. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Numb Wasted Sky". Review by Trey Spencer STAFF August 25th, 2008
  10. ^ Alexander, Kim Ann (1999). "An Evening With Don Gordon of Numb". Last Sigh Magazine. Archived from the original on April 19, 2002. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "Short Circuits". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. 52 (545): 32. November 10, 1997. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  12. ^ Hefflon, Scott (March 1, 1998). "Numb: Blood Meridian". Lollipop Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Christian, Chris (November 1997). "Numb: Blood Meridian". Sonic Boom. 5 (10). Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Galban, Jorge C. (April 9, 1999). "Numb: Language of Silence". Ink 19. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Kavadias, Theo. "Numb: Language of Silence > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Christian, Chris (November 1997). "Numb: Blind". Sonic Boom. 5 (10). Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  17. ^ Christian, Chris (March 12, 1996). "Interview with Don Gordon of Numb conducted by Ashley Serotta & Randolph Williams of GoDaM! Governed by Electronics WMFO 91.5 FM Boston". Sonic Boom. 4 (6). Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  18. ^ Christian, Chris (March 23, 1996). "Interview with Don Gordon of Numb by Kevin Congdon at La Luna, Portland, OR". Sonic Boom. 4 (6). Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  19. ^ Christian, Chris (February 1, 1997). "Interview with Numb - conducted by Anonymous". Sonic Boom. 5 (2). Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  20. ^ Christian, Chris (May 7, 1998). "Interview with Numb - FENIX, Seattle, WA". Sonic Boom. 6 (4). Retrieved July 23, 2020.

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