I instantly felt as though I have heard Doctor Bones before, but with their digital release date of October 2011 and hard copy CD release date of January 2012 that cannot be the case. Their first song “No Good” starts vaguely familiar, but I cannot put my finger on what song I am hearing. I wasted quite a bit of time attempting an investigation of what song I was hearing because I was sure that it had to be at least a riff from one of the aforementioned groups. I’ve concluded that I was wrong (yes, I admit it) and I am merely hearing what I should have been hearing for several years now. Ultimately, their sound appears quite inspired, but their clear inspirations do not take away from the awesomeness that ensues throughout Numbers.
Numbers speaks “Quality over quantity” with only five tracks but I’m sure that if they added 10 other tracks I would still enjoy the entire album with as much exuberance. After listening to Numbers Doctor Bones tops my list of local bands I want to see live as soon as possible.
In the past, I’ve limited my own “dancing” to mosh pitting and, at most, some sloppy skanking. However, it seems obvious that Doctor Bones prescribes an enema that forces the stick out and hypnotizes the least animated of crowds into uncontrollably busting a move. Watch out!
Doctor Bones produces the type of music not typical to Arizona and thank goodness. Their album Numbers blends a mix of 80s punk, Robert Smith spirit, new wave rock, and their own unique dance music of today, calling their sound “Robot infused dino-rock.” Whatever that may mean Doctor Bones brings together a potluck of people, sounds, inspirations, and influences. The emergence of bands such as The Killers, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and many more started in the early 2000s, and Doctor Bones continues this trend with classy execution.