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April 12, 2010 by  

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1, 2, 3

1, 2, 3 release’ Going Away Party’ via Chess Club on May 31st 2010

Hailing from the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1, 2, 3 consists of long time friends Nic Snyder (vox, guitar & keys) and Josh Sickels (drums). Originally started as a side project from the power punk outfit The Takeover UK, Snyder found himself increasingly drawn to 1, 2, 3 and the freedom it gave him to express his own musical ambitions.

Having only been together for a few months, 1, 2, 3 have already put out a 7″ single through Brooklyn label Ooh La La and next month sees them release their debut UK single, ‘Going Away Party’, on hot tastemaker label, Chess Club.

Released on May 31st as a limited 7″, ‘Going Away Party’ sees Safe as Milk-era Captain Beefheart guitars, meet Dr. John style freaked-out tingling percussion and Snyder’s night-crawler vocals.

B-side, ‘Feeling Holy’, is no less arresting: a sci-fi lullaby that comes over like a stoned Mercury Rev and shows a softer side to Snyder’s voice over sepia tinged guitars, looped vocals and woozy synths.

Snyder grew up inspired by a steady diet of Mercury-era Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Bacharach and his all-time favourite, Roy Orbison, but he was lured into writing his own music by his father. A collector of punk 7’s back in the seventies, his dad was also a piano player in Pittsburgh’s monolithic Iron City Houserockers, probably the biggest band to come out of the Three Rivers area in the 1970/80’s. Surrounded by photos of his dad on stage with Springsteen and B.B. King, Snyder was inevitably influenced by Blues and Motown as well.

Drummer, Sickels, who himself has a diverse musical palette, has been playing with Snyder for over a decade. Josh confirms, “Nic listens to literally everything and I think you can hear that in our songs.”

Being in such early stages of the band, has allowed the duo to experiment and create a handful of songs that are all remarkably different to each other – the common thread being Snyder’s defiant, soulful vocals and a yearning nostalgia.

1, 2, 3 will be playing their first ever UK shows in May including The Great Escape festival plus more to be announced soon.
Upcoming shows:
Friday 14th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
Tuesday 18th May – Old Queen’s Head, London

Nic Snyder – vocals, guitar & keys
Josh Sickels – drums




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