It is our great pleasure to introduce a new addition to the Joyful Noise roster:
Dumb Numbers– a new project from Australian songwriter Adam Harding, featuring Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion), Dale Crover (Melvins), Murph (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), CR Matheny (Emperor X) and others. With album photography by David Lynch. (A veritable carpet-bombing of name-dropping)
Joyful Noise has been working with Harding for over a year to prepare for this release, which is internally regarded as one of the crowning gems of our catalogue to date.
A project 10-years in the making, Dumb Numbers began through a fluke songwriting request by filmmaker John Waters. Harding collaborated with his long time correspondent Lou Barlow to provide new music for a deleted scene in the directors’ cut of Crybaby. The Barlow/Harding song ended up getting shelved, but in the process of writing and recording the music, Harding became acquainted with a community of formidable LA musicians who would eventually collude to create this debut album.
The relationship between Harding and his revolving cast of collaborators is an essential component of this new band. “I feel very fortunate to have this circle of friends,” Harding relates. “ ‘Wow this track would be awesome with Dale Crover on drums.’” But unlike most humans in a such a situation, Harding is actually in a position to call Dale Crover and ask him to play on the track. As Harding puts it, “All of my music grows out of [existing] friendships.”
Though collaborative and whimsical, the debut album from Dumb Numbers is also very personal and auto-biographical. “The album is an audio-document of the past five years of my life. It documents travels & relationships.”
Dumb Numbers’ self-titled debut is currently available for pre-order via Joyful Noise. In addition to black vinyl and CD, a limited edition run of 500 hand-numbered copies have been pressed on marbled pink & purple vinyl. Complementary to the album photography of David Lynch, the vinyl features color combinations which are unique to each individual record (created through a vinyl pressing method known as “A-side/B-side”).
As a special bonus, 25 photo prints signed by David Lynch will be randomly included in the limited edition vinyl. These are prints from Lynch’s original photograph used for the front cover, which are hand-numbered and signed by Lynch himself. Photo prints are not for sale, but one in every 20 purchasers of the limited edition LP will receive a print for free.