Numbers On Napkins - "NON Essentials: The Best of Numbers On Napkins" CD

Arizona Independent Music Scene Magazine

September 2021

Written By: James Kidmann


Earlier this year homegrown punkers Numbers On Napkins announced that the members were going their separate ways, but also teased fans with one last final release, a Greatest Hits album titled NON Essentials: The Best of Numbers On Napkins. Last month, Bad Stain Records finally released NoN’s new album, that features all of the bands primo material.

I must admit that I wasn’t really familiar with Numbers On Napkins prior to reviewing this CD, although I’ve heard various stories regarding the band over the year. NoN reached the height of their success fifteen years ago, and that’s apparent while listening to the tracks on this album. NoN has a style about them that embraces the sound of the 2000’s and early 2010’s. NON Essentials is a mixture of Blink 182, Greenday, The Ataris and Fall Out Boy, with pinches of Flogging Molly, Panic at the Disco, My Chemical Romance and Sum 41. NoN’s lyrics are 100% punk rock, and are anything but politically correct in every way possible, cleverly written in a style that would make Mindless Self Indulgence green with envy.

Now I’ve never heard any of NoN’s previous releases, but I can honestly say that this album is fire! NON Essentials comes in at an hour and seventeen minutes, and is overall impressive work for a local artist. I guess I should have assumed that I would enjoy most of the tracks, considering that this is a “Greatest Hits” album, but I’ve always been unsure about whether or not NoN would really live up to their reputation.

Not every song is awesome, but the majority of the tracks are catchy with a melodic sound that just seems to sound familiar, despite the fact that I’ve never heard any music from the band in the past. Overall, I had to give NON Essentials a very rare A+. I know that I don’t hand out those very often, but NoN earned it with this album.