The Silent Numbers are a four piece band formed in Portland, OR in 2009. Their sound is a mix of 90’s shoegaze, surf rock, and noise guitar. Influences include; Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cure, Gang of Four, Galaxie 500.
Nick Woods (vocals, guitar) formerly in the Vespas (Detroit, MI)
Eric Sabatino (guitars, keyboard) formerly in the Terranauts(Kalamazoo, MI) Gerudo (Kalamazoo, MI)
Bryan Robertson (bass) formerly in Blue Ribbon (Providence, RI)
Adrian Melnick (drums) formerly in Millions of Birds (Portland, OR)
The Portland Mercury:
"The Silent Numbers are the reason we arrive early to shows, rolling the dice and taking a chance on an opening act we have yet to hear. This relatively new act deftly manages a sound heavily steeped in shoegaze's finest hour—if you have any of the following albums in your collection, consider yourself a preemptive fan: Just for a Day, Loveless, Psychocandy. Their forthcoming 7-inch (out tonight) hints at great things to come. As frontman Nick Woods delivers each and every line with a casual detachment—a cooler-than-cool vocal styling that is a natural fit—his bandmates toggle between the very quiet and the very loud, often losing the reins (as they do on "Canadia") and letting a song spiral into an unruly sea of noise. This surely isn't the last we'll hear of the Silent Numbers." EZRA ACE CARAEFF
"Anyone who reads what I write knows that though I appreciate just about all kinds of music, shoegaze has always been special to me – and, as a result, I am more critical of shoegazers. I always remember an era in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when nascent shoegazers were releasing amazing EPs that till today are some of the best collections of music I have ever heard. 2011 is much like those years, and The Silent Numbers’ “Calculator” may very well stay the test of time to be one of those EPs. Perhaps there is something in the water in Portland, Oregon USA that makes for such great shoegaze, but one things for sure is that this is a collection you need listen to. Whether you are fans of shoegaze (and post-punk) or are simply curious and are a music lover, this small, but grand, collection will definitely leave an impression."