I guess I sort of took a layoff from paying close attention to new bands, lasting roughly four years, from about 1998-2001. When I came roaring back, one of the first bands to catch my attention were a just-springing-out San Francisco band called NUMBERS. Their robotic, off-tempo, patterns; angry, stabbing guitar, and overall metronomic sound was totally intoxicating, and those first few live shows I saw of theirs â€“ usually about 15 minutes each â€“ were totally frigginâ€™ great. As I understand it, they are still a band, but I have not â€œsceneâ€ nor heard them in about three years, disappointed as I was by their second CD, â€œIn My Mind All The Timeâ€. For a short period, though their first record â€œNUMBERS LIFEâ€ was, in fact, my life. It holds up to this day, and then some. See if you agree by downloading the tracks below.