Independent trio based in Portland, Maine LOVE BY NUMB3RS–co-singers DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS — today (July 13) shared the video for “Earth Needs A Moon” ahead of the single’s digital release on July 15. With its big, spacious sound, rootsy feel, and DAN and ANNA’s soulful vocals, “Earth Needs A Moon” marks the lead single from LOVE BY NUMB3RS’ second album due out September 30. As with the group’s previous self-directed videos, “Earth Needs A Moon” draws viewers in with its dark and compelling imagery. Watch the video here and see the quotes below from ANNA.

The video for the song premiered yesterday with Glide Magazine, which noted that “the dramatic title song and video that floods our ears with the dramatic interplay between the trio that takes listeners to a nostalgic hideout where the secrets are sheltered and sins are forgotten.There is a bleeding guitar solo in the middle of the song as Lombard pours his fervent, soulful vocals into the song’s building storyline.

The album EARTH NEEDS A MOON, produced by JON and ANNA, is filled with haunting and evocative songs about love, devotion and more with finely etched atmospheric settings, upon which the band casts its spells. The tracks are sonically wide open and move slowly, yet confidently, and make the listener feel like they’re floating through the air on a journey somewhere. The album was recorded at Fisher’s Waterhouse on Peaks Island as well as the band’s South Ranch studio. EARTH NEEDS A MOON follows the band’s Colors EP from November 2021 and does not repeat any of its songs. It’s the music of a band that coasts a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock.

The video for “Earth Needs A Moon” was shot in a town called Industry, Maine, where there are hills and back roads and lots of sprawling landscapes with wildflowers and fields. It is based on a story and the art of a famous artist and his friend Pat Corrigan. The band got his permission to use his drawings and bring them to life in the video.


–Jon and I co-directed and filmed this video. We also co-produced and edited ourselves, with most of the editing done by Jon.

–Pat Corrigan is a very famous artist of many mediums and one of our dearest friends. When I came across his Instagram post, I was particularly drawn to the content of the chat bubbles in his drawings talking about the earth and the moon. I felt this overwhelming sense of a semblance of cosmic connection, like stars had aligned between what his designs were meant to convey and the concept/context behind writing this song. It couldn’t just be by chance. So we felt very compelled to dig deeper and bring his designs to life by reproducing them in our video.

–We ended up renting a trailer and bringing Jon’s 1976 Honda 550 Four K motorcycle with all our gear to the festival we were playing the day before in the nearby town, and we stayed up there for a few days to film . It was pretty cool that the Tau Herculids meteor shower was happening at the same time – the visibility of the night sky in Industry is like no other… which is cool because of how this recording is influenced by how the system works. universe and the moon etc…

–As for the lyrics/meaning of the song, Dan had come up with a sketch of the lyrics for the first verse which ended with the line “the earth needs a moon”–I knew immediately that he was referring to our musical partnership and our history — but I wanted to deepen understanding of the real scientific reasons why the earth needs a moon, so I went into my typical manic mode and did some research on WHY the earth needs a moon, and all the things that would be different if we didn’t have a moon. Without the moon, human life would change so much: the nights would be darker, the days would be longer, the earth would slow down because we wouldn’t have the moon’s gravitational pull, there would be no tides or seasons. I could go on and on, but the main point is that the moon stabilizes the earth. If the moon disappeared, life as we know it would be disastrous.

–So the second verse where I come in, I tried to flip the concept–“when you hide during the day but I know you’re always there” (referring to Dan’s illness and the effects of chemo and all the time he sleeps during the day) – but even when you can’t see the moon, you know it exists and it’s always there. The lyrics “When you only give me half of you” are about how Dan struggled with his illness and didn’t always have the ability to be in the studio, or he had to pull out of filming or recording because that he is ill.

–“I Never Want To See Your Dark Side” refers to the influence that Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” has on this song, but also to the darkness that comes with cancer and addiction.


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