Equal Vision Records has signed Places & Numbers, the electronic-tinged solo outfit of former Gatsby's American Dream guitarist, Bobby Darling. Using his connections with an airline, Darling was able to send himself, producer/friend Casey Bates (Gatsby's American Dream, Portugal. The Man), his brother Billy, and videographer Jay Schwandt to Italy. The group traveled to Venice, Verona, Bellagio, Cinque Terre, Chianti, Rome and Lake Como, recording and filming along the way
The finished product is the forthcoming Waking The Dead EP, to be released next month via Bandcamp's "pay what you want" model, and documentary-style videos to accompany the release of the full-length album, Travels, later this year. The sound, while reminiscent of the Postal Service, pulls musical influences from acts like Talking Heads, the Strokes, Death Cab For Cutie and Kanye West..