49 square miles. Water on three sides. Two bridges. And one champion of powerpop — The Real Numbers.
With the release of their debut album, Welcome to the Numberhood, the songwriting duo of Dave Ambrose and Lawrence Grodeska have found their sweet spot. After years pursuing separate musical endeavors that spanned the musical map, the pair met in 2008 through the digital wilds of Craigslist. Grinding it out in their geek day jobs, both dreamed of a new project to achieve the same musical vision — part power pop, part quirky melodic rock, always tight, always tasty.
From the start, a shared love of powerful melodic hooks, beautiful harmony and concise, well-crafted compositions was clear. The album in your hands is the result of their ensuing collaboration. Welcome to the Numberhood conjures an era of songwriting come and gone from commercial airwaves, but carried on by the likes of Fountains of Wayne, Ben Folds and The Feeling. Not afraid to embrace geekdom or plant tongue firmly in cheek, their smart yet smart-ass lyrics make mundane observations meaningful, amusing or both. Art McConnell and Chuck Lindo round out the rhythm section, punctuating the tight arrangements behind lush chords and big melody.
The Real Numbers are:
Lawrence Grodeska – lead vocals, guitar
Dave Ambrose – lead guitar, vocals
Chuck Lindo – bass, vocals
Adam White – drums