Doctor Bones’ Numbers

They Are Doctor Bones and this is Numbers

I first became aware of Doctor Bones around the time the ninth or tenth person told me I would love them  early last fall, it was around that same time I started noticing the stickers all around town that said “Who Is Doctor Bones?” So I had to find out for myself and it turns out everyone was right, I love them.

First of all, their live shows establish them as an ungodly force to be reckoned with, between the commanding presence and quirky vocals of Anthony Fama, the vocals, violin and keys of Hannah Kilen-Keys, Chad Stark on angular lead guitar and the nearly unmatched rhythm section of bassist Jess Pruitt and Drummer Mike Vigil, everyone that catches their show is usually pretty stunned.

 They finally released their debut last month and Numbers pretty clearly answers who the hell Doctor Bones is—the answer, one of the coolest, craziest, rock oriented dance bands to have come around in a while.  Think an American Arctic Monkeys who have more investment in punk rock, Oingo Boingo and a seriously deep rooted sense of what little made the early 1980s great.

“No Good” is the lead off track and rightly so—here is one of their live numbers that lives inside your mind for the rest of the week, long after the embers of the show has faded away.  The tete a tete vocals between Anthony and Hannah are killer and the tale of obsessive self-destructive love is both alluring, enduring and psychotic.  The follow up “Take Me Home” establishes that one of Doctor Bones favorite themes may well be the abuses we commit in the name of love, “You take me home, but you won’t treat me right…you’ll take my life, but you won’t let me die” and indeed in all these lyrics throughout the album, there is a fascination with life, love, death, confusion and darkness. The irony is that it is all set to an irresistible groove and the lyrical suggestions are one of a weird obsession for both wild dependency and worthy despondency, “Wait” does not abate any of these points one bit.

“The Sun City” is another vocal head to head match and it explores youth vs. age, progress v. reproach and it’s pretty astounding. The finale of “Paul Pierce” is either the most visceral attack on the Celtics forward, his biggest anthem or a metaphor for something much, much more.  The Numbers EP is Doctor Bones opening manifesto and it is a powerfully rewarding debut in no uncertain terms–I cannot wait for their next volume to be published.

You Can Purchase or Listen to Numbers Here