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   Numbers On Napkins formed in May of 2003, rising
from the ashes of the short lived pop punk band "Yars
Revenge".  After a verbal discussion turned heated
between Yars Revenge bassist Chase Stain and guitarist
J-Sin Daily, the disagreement turned into a physical
altercation between Stain and Daily, as well as guitarist
Moe Money.  The incident took place while the band was
performing live in March of 2003 at what would ultimately
become their final show.  After the incident, Moe Money,
Chase Stain, and Tad Gurthman fired J-Sin Daily, and
formed a new band that was briefly titled "Waiting for
Tomorrow".
   The trio booked their first live performance at the 2003
Arizona Ska Punk Awards Ceremony in Tempe, Arizona in
May of 2003.  Three days before the event, the band
members discovered that "Waiting for Tomorrow" was
already a band from Canada, and they were forced to
change their name with short notice.  The band members
chose the name "Numbers On Napkins" and announced
the name change while on stage at the awards ceremony
just seconds before their set.
   Numbers On Napkins started performing throughout
the state of Arizona, and spent time writing and learning
songs for their debut release.  The band chose to record
their debut album at Studio Z in Phoenix, Arizona with
Aaron Carey.  Carey had an impressive resume, working
with several record labels like Capitol and Interscope
Records, and several successful recording artists like
Sheryl Crow, Megadeth, Fleetwood Mac, Obie Trice,
Eminem, and dozens more.  The band completed the
recording and chose to release the album on Bad Stain
Records, setting the release date for December of 2004.
   NON chose to name their debut album, "Waiting for
Tomorrow", as they had used the album title as the name
of their band for a brief period of time.  Album sales were
much better than they had expected, and their debut
album sold over 6,000 copies during its first year.  Their
single "Runaway" helped increase album sales when it
was put into rotation on several radio stations in the
Valley of the Sun, including the Phoenix based alternative
radio station, 103.9 "The Edge".  Waiting for Tomorrow
also produced the fan favorite, "True Love".  In just a few
short weeks, "True Love" worked its way up the charts on
GarageBand.Com, eventually hitting number one on the
Punk Charts.  Hundreds of fans nominated the song for
"Best Love Song", and the song ended up hitting number
one on the ALL TIME charts, becoming the number one
Best Love Song for the genre of punk.  The song held the
title as the number one Best Love Song in the genre of
punk on the ALL TIME charts for almost three years from
April of 2005 until the website closed in February of 2008.
   NON continued to gain more fans, performing
throughout the southwest and performing with touring
acts like Groovie Ghoulies, Teenage Bottlerocket, and
The Queers.  In September of 2005, NON added Matt
Martini to the band as second guitarist, giving them a
fuller sound at their live shows and helping diversify the
bands style.  
   The band once again entered the studio, eager to
record the follow up to their highly successful debut.  The
members all decided to record an EP for their next
release, and chose to make it a limited edition pressing of
5,000 copies.  NON recorded the new album at Arcane
Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona.  The recording
was engineered and mixed by Ryan Butler, the guitarist
for the grindcore metal band "Landmine Marathon", as
well as the guitarist for the hardcore punk band "North
Side Kings".  They released the EP, titled
"QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder", in the summer of 2006,
although album sales weren't as high as they had hoped.  
The EP only sold 2,000 copies during its first year,
although "Waiting for Tomorrow" was still over all
expectations, making up for the slow CD sales.
   Numbers On Napkins continued to perform live shows
with various national touring acts, promoting both
albums.  The band had performed several times
alongside pop-punk legends and pioneers, "The Queers",
and the members had developed a relationship with
frontman, Joe Queer.  NON asked Joe Queer to produce
their next album, and were enthused when Joe Queer
agreed to work with them in the studio.  The band once
again chose to record at Arcane Digital Recording with
Ryan Butler, with Joe Queer performing most of the
producing in absentia, due to his constant touring.  NON
spent several hours recording pre-production songs for
their next album, and would email Joe Queer the songs
and wait for his response in order to make any changes
recommended.  Queer made a few trips to the studio to
work with the band in person when his time permitted,
although his time in the studio was usually short, and he
would only stay for a few hours.  In September of 2007,
the band entered the studio one last time for the final mix
down, and prepared the CD for mastering.  NON sent a
final master copy of the 14 song CD to Joe Queer for his
final approval, and designed the album artwork, preparing
to release the full length in December of 2007.
   In late October, Joe Queer contacted the band and
recommended that they make a few slight changes,
forcing NON to put the mastering on hold as they once
again entered the studio.  During the final sessions, the
members made the decision to send the album to various
labels and A and R reps in the hopes of finding a label
that could help promote the release better than Bad Stain
Records.  In early 2008, Numbers On Napkins had
received several offers from various independent record
labels, as well as three major labels.  The band was
unsure of how they felt about signing with a major label,
as they wanted to have full control of their music and
didn't want to have the band taken advantage of in any
way.  The new album was far more diverse than their
previous releases, featuring several punk and pop punk
songs, as well as jazz, Irish folk, post hardcore, and
alternative tracks.  They felt as though signing to a major
would hurt their fan base, afraid that many fans would
assume that the band had changed their sound in order
to appease the label, despite the fact that they recorded
the songs prior to getting signed.  In addition, Joe Queer
was against the idea of NON signing with a major label,
and did not want to participate any further with any of the
recording process if the band signed a contract with a
major label.
   After hiring a lawyer to double check the contracts, and
several months of negotiating with labels, the members
narrowed their choices between two independent labels
and one major.  The major label agreed to allowing NON
retain the rights to their music and worked with the band
to meet the other demands, although NON did not want to
agree to frequent touring unless they had a very large
advance.  The label was not offering a large enough
advance to ensure that the band members would be able
to provide for their families while touring, and although the
interest on the advance was very low, the band members
wanted to pay 0% interest and would only agree to
touring for a total of 10 months during the three year
contract.  The label decided to pull the offer, even after
the members agreed to tour for 12 months, half of the
touring schedule that the label was asking.  NON was
down to two independent labels, and in 2009, the band
signed a one album, 18 month contract with F-Bomb
Records.
     The band continued performing live shows on small
tours across the southwest, and performed with several
well known artists in their genre, ranging from Yellowcard
and Plain White T's, to Guttermouth and Flogging Molly.  
NON set the release date for their upcoming full length,
titled "Borrachos, Chingasos, U Rucas", although F-Bomb
Records was suffering with financial issues and was
forced to delay the release.  The band released a single
EP CD for the album, titled, "Forget This, I'm Going to
Tokyo", in order to appease fans waiting for the new
release.  The single featured three tracks from the new
album, as well as three unreleased live tracks.  Their new
full length album was delayed several times by F-Bomb,
and the band members became concerned with their
decision to sign with the label.
   In August of 2010, F-Bomb Records and Numbers On
Napkins met and discussed the financial problems that
the label was having, and considering that the label was
in breach of contract, they agreed to let the band out of
the agreement.  NON quickly began working on
promoting their new album, and chose to release
"Borrachos, Chingasos, Y Rucas" on Bad Stain Records
in December of 2010.
   Just a few days after announcing that NON would be
releasing their next full length, guitarist Matt Martini
approached the rest of the bend members and informed
them that he would be leaving the band in order to pursue
his side project, "Reason Unknown".  Martini had been
growing frustrated with the direction that the band had
been growing musically, and wanted to play more raw
punk rock.  Gurthman, Stain, and Money also enjoyed
playing punk rock, and wanted to stay true to their roots,
although they also wanted to continue to write more
diverse songs, exploring the many styles of music that
they all enjoyed.  The band fully understood Martini's
decision, and wished him well with his other band.  The
two bands would end up performing together frequently
over the next few years, and Martini remained friends with
everyone in Numbers On Napkins.
   In December of 2010, NON released their latest full
length album, and the band performed frequently to
promote the CD.  The band ultimately decided not to find
a replacement for Martini, and felt it best to continue on
as a three piece.  In early 2012, the band started writing
new music for their next album, and a few months later
they started recording pre-production material.  NON had
pulled two of the songs from their last album, feeling as
though the songs still needed more work.  The band
hoped to write ten or twelve new tracks, and add them
with the two songs that they had pulled from Borrachos,
Chingasos, Y Rucas.  
   In late 2012, the members of NON started to feel as
though they were missing out on very important family
moments.  Moe Money and Tad Gurthman had recently
became fathers, and Gurthman was expecting a second
child in the near future.  Stain had an eight year old
daughter, and had expressed frustration about missing
out on certain parts of her childhood for years, and
Money and Gurthman could now relate to how Stain had
felt.  After serious consideration, the band decided that it
was crucial that they spend as much time as possible with
their families while their children were still young.  They
all agreed that they could focus on their music for the rest
of their lives, but they only had one chance to spend time
with their kids, and didn't want to miss out on their
childhood.
   In early 2013, NON made an announcement on their
official website and various social media sites, stating that
they would be going on hiatus for a few years to spend
time with their families.  The band announced that they
would be performing one final show before the hiatus,
and thanked all of their fans for supporting Numbers On
Napkins over the past decade.  On Saint Patrick's Day of
2013, Numbers On Napkins played their final show before
the hiatus at a small venue in Glendale, Arizona.  NON
wanted it to be an intimate event with friends and long
time supporters of the band, and chose a small venue in
order to be close to everyone who attended.  After their
performance, the band members joined the fans,
spending the rest of the evening at the bar, drinking and
sharing stories.  While the band remained optimitic about
returning to the scene in five or ten years, after their
children had grown, they also knew that there was a
chance that the event could ultimately become their final
show ever.
   For several years after the show, NON's official
website remained unchanged, with no new
announcements or information regarding the band.  The
bands social media pages also remained the same, and
the band didn't announce any news, or make any posts.
   In late 2017, nearly five years after announcing their
hiatus, NON made an announcement on their official
website, stating that the band was ending the hiatus, and
was working on a new album that they had hoped to
release on Bad Stain Records and Media Core
Entertainment in 2018.  They also announced that former
guitarist Matt Martini would be joining them in the studio
to record a handful of songs together that the band had
wrote while he was still a part of the band.  They went
into further details about the new album, stating that it
would include the song, "Summer Daze", which was
originally planned for release on "Borroachos, Chingasos,
Y Rucas", although the band pulled the song from the
album at the last minute as they felt it still needed more
work, despite their producer Joe Queer stating that it was
their strongest song.  In addition to "Summer Daze", they
announced the album would also contain their popular
cover of Sir-Mix-A-Lot's, "Baby Got Back", as well as new
material that was in the works.  The members stated that
they wanted the album to show the bands style as it
progressed throughout their career, and that they felt that
the album should contain assorted works from their past,
as well as new material, as a way to celebrate the bands
return from the hiatus.  NON informed readers that the
CD would contain live tracks from previous releases,
alternate versions of their songs "Broken" and "Ode to the
Drink", as well as a few songs from their limited edition
"QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" EP, that was nearly out
of print.
   The bands official announcement was posted on their
social media websites a few days following the
announcement on their website, and the news spread
about the return.  Bad Stain Records posted the news on
the labels website, and several other social media
websites and punk rock news websites posted the
announcement about the band.  
   Numbers On Napkins is currently working on the new
album, titled "From Buckeye To Beardsley", and hope to
complete the recording process by the spring of 2018.  


HISTORY BEFORE NON


   Prior to forming Numbers On Napkins, everyone in the
band had spent years performing with various other local
bands in Arizona.  Chase Stain had started his musical
career in 1992, performing with various friends and
classmates from his high school.  On January 2nd, 1993,
Stain formed his first punk band, "Dirty Laundry", with his
fellow classmates from Moon Valley High School.  The
band performed across the state over the next several
years, performing with several other local artists,
including the pop punk band, "Cobalt Bloom".  The
frontman for "Cobalt Bloom" was Stain's friend and fellow
classmate, Moe Money.  Stain and Money became close
friends, and continued their friendship even after "Cobalt
Bloom" broke up in 1997.  
   Tad Gurthman had spent time performing in various
rock and ska bands throughout the 90's, eventually
joining the reggea band, "Stuck in a Groove" in 1997.  
"Stuck in a Groove" performed throughout the southwest
on various tours, and while touring Argentina, the band
found their fan base grow.  The band was soon getting
their music on various radio stations in Argentina, and
Argentina's MTV picked up the bands music video and
put it into rotation.
   In late 2001, "Stuck in a Groove" announced that they
were going on hiatus, and Tad Gurthman found himself
with plenty of free time.  Chase Stain was still performing
with Dirty Laundry, although the band had gone through
several line up changes, leaving Stain the only original
member in the band.   In 2002, Dirty Laundry found
themselves without a drummer, and Stain was introduced
to Gurthman by a mutual friend.  Stain and the rest of the
band members were very impressed with Gurthman's
talent and style, and Stain has stated in several
interviews that he feels as though Tad Gurthman is the
most talented drummer he has ever worked with, and that
during that audition he felt as though adding Gurthman to
the band would be one of the best decisions that he had
ever made.  Tad Gurthman joined the band, and quickly
started laying down drum tracks in the recording studio,
replacing the drum tracks from Dirty Laundry's previous
drummer on nearly every song that the band had
completed, giving Dirty Laundry nearly twenty songs to
release on their next album.  Just a few weeks later, the
band members made the decision to change the name of
the band from Dirty Laundry to Yars Revenge, and chose
to quit playing most of the songs on their set list, moving
forward with only new material.  In late 2002, Yars
Revenge began looking for a new guitarist.  Stain
recommended auditioning Moe Money for the position,
stating that Money had a strong voice, as well as the
ability to write catchy and melodic songs.  Money joined
Yars Revenge in late 2002, along with drummer Tad
Gurthman, bassist Chase Stain, and second guitarist
J-Sin Daily.  In 2003, Yars Revenge officially broke up,
with Stain, Money, and Gurthman moving forward as a
trio.  Two months later Numbers On Napkins was formed,
performing their first live show in May of 2003 at the very
first annual Arizona Ska Punk Awards Ceremony.