After ten long years since the release of 2009′s Worse Than Alone, spastic New Jersey outfit The Number Twelve Looks Like You have finally returned with new music.
Titled “Ruin The Smile,” the former Eyeball Records standouts have just shared the lead single to their long-awaited forthcoming album Wild Gods.
Talking about their official return to the music scene, founder and frontman Jesse Korman says, “The band ended somewhat abruptly. We all just needed a break from one another. So as the years went on, Alex [Pareja, guitarist] and I felt like we never got to write some songs that we knew had to be written – that next sound, that next wild record that would push us even more out of our comfort zones and into new waters. We had built such a foundation, such an amazing following, and before we got too old, we knew we should give this one more big shot. To really make a statement for the world to remember us by.”
As for what Wild Gods has in store for listeners, Pareja said, “The intention here was to create an unexpected journey through atmospheres that make the listener reflect on the tension and release that each song is putting forth while maintaining a connecting thread. Our goal was to find a balance where we were not repeating ourselves, yet staying true to an essence of what the band had achieved in the past. When it comes to influences, I listen to a great variety of world, classical, jazz, and minimalist offerings. We all have very different musical preferences and something interesting is bound to happen.”
Lastly, Korman describes the album’s lyrical theme stating, “In the past, my lyrics were stories that personally happened to me. It would either be about some experience I went through or something I just simply observed and had to speak about. After we disbanded, I always said that if I had a platform like Number Twelve again, I would speak for others and help tell their stories. Which is what I did. This album is like a galactic freak show advertisement to aliens, telling them to come see this insane place we call Earth. On Earth, there are stories that are so out there, you would think they were made up. But no, this is what happens here on Earth. We have everything from priests who molest children, and churches that cover it up, to men thinking they are superior to women, to people killing wild animals with military-grade weapons and calling it a sport. I am sort of like a deranged ringleader to this planet, telling the extraterrestrials to come see and hear all about it, to come see the Wild Gods.”
The Number Twelve Looks Like You will release Wild Gods September 20th via Overlord Records. Album pre-orders can be found here.
01) Gallery of Thrills
02) Last Laughter
03) Ruin the Smile
04) Ease My Siamese
05) Sword Swallower
06) Raised and Erased
07) Tombo’s Wound
08) Of Fear
10) Rise Up Mountain