Numb Mob

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Electronic

Location: North East


Since forming, Hull-based duo Numb Mob have become an adventurous alternative outfit with avant-garde sensibilities: producing music that explores the relationship between electric and acoustic worlds.

Liam van Ryn and Joseph Bird have previously collaborated on experimental/electronic projects that have received support from Brownswood’s ‘Future Bubblers’ program and BBC Radio 3 & 6 Music.

In 2016 they were commissioned by Serious to interpret the music of Basil Kirchin, performing at Hull City Hall as part of the ‘Mind on the Run’ weekend. The following year J-Night commissioned the duo to compose the audio-visual piece ‘Where to Build in Stone’ which was performed at Hull & EFG London Jazz Festivals.

Featuring as part of the 2019 PRS New Music Biennial, Numb Mob are showcasing a revamped ‘Where To Build In Stone’ in both Hull and London, with the release of the film and soundtrack to follow in the winter.

Taking on board influences like John Carpenter, Portishead, Simon Fisher Turner, James Holden and Boards of Canada, they’ve arrived at a visually charged sound that is both familiar and alien.