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Say Hi To Your Mom
Numbers & Mumbles
Euphobia Music


There is nothing in this world better than that moment when you realize your life has been changed completely by hearing a band you have not previously heard. It happens very rarely, but it happens. This record has changed me. It's filled with clever lyrics and catchy musical hooks. It's scattered wildly about with inside jokes that are not meant just for the insiders. In fact, it gives the hint that there really are no such things as the insiders. A strong message from a one-man band on their (his) sophomore record. And who knew baby robots would be so damned cute?

The songs on Numbers & Mumbles run the full gamut of the sonic palette one would expect from truly great indie rock; chock full of noisy pop goodness and peaceful near silences. The album kicks off with "Pop Music Of The Future", a fitting title for a song about a girl who "sold her Warlock and bought a drum machine/ fired her whole band cause they hated 909 beats"; but is it really a sort of autobiographical sketch of the life of one Eric Elbogen? Possibly. And simply put, you know it's going to be a great record when there is a line in the first song that goes along the lines: "and then there was emo, but that was just a phase/ cause it's all been downhill since Sunny Day Real Estate's first record." "Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks" certainly lives up to its name, taking a driving drum loop and marrying it up with some inventively classic indie guitar riffs and squeezed-in lyrics.

Brother, can I testify? One of my top ten favorite songs of all time is "Let's Talk About Spaceships", which is possibly about nothing at all, or possibly about the most important thing of all. "And what's that saying again? / They're only words and words can't kill me/ But I can't even spell them and the cadence of what she says is… well…/ Let's talk about spaceships or anything except you and me, ok?." This wondrous song is followed up by the classic bop-along sound of tongue-in-cheek - "A Kiss To Make It Better" with its warbling synth lines, slamming drumbeat, and E.L.O. lead lines. And you can't look over the Pixies influence on "Your Brains vs. My Tractorbeam"; noisy and loose while being tightly controlled and manhandled; or the brilliance of "But She Beat My High Score" with its skewed outlook on life's purposeful purpose. "Sounds that cut off short make up rhythms/ And pixilated men eat pixel food/ Well I thought I found a way to lay the joystick down: a girl with eyes the color of pea soup/ And there's a flame, there's a spark/ But she beat my high score/ So say goodbye, there's the door, I can't see you anymore…"

There is no weak spot on Numbers & Mumbles. There is only beautiful music to make you laugh and cry and sing along. Lyrics that make one wonder exactly how mainstream pop music is so mired in substanceless drudgery when there is such an obvious and amazing alternative… makes me remember back to those glory days when alternative rock was actually an alternative. Do yourself a favor, and find this record… visit www.sayhitoyourmom.com for information on where to find it, and where to see the band when they come to your tiny part of this tiny wonderful world where music can make such a difference in a day… a week… a lifetime. "I'll only light because you're my match/ Admit it, I took out your trash/ There are stars in your eyes and they're shooting/ We never hung things on the walls/ We played the Pixies and The Fall/ There's a treasure in your heart just like a pirate's booty…"

-Embo Blake

Track Listing-

1. Pop Music Of The Future
2. A Hit In Sweden
3. Super
4. Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks
5. Let's Talk About Spaceships
6. A Kiss To Make It Better
7. But She Beat My High Score
8. Your Brains vs. My Tractorbeam
9. I'm So Tired
10. The Key Of C


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