After hearing a pair of songs from Pittsburgh-based band 1,2,3 — Nic Snyder and Josh Sickels — I want to be friends with them. I want to attend one of their shows, enjoy the hell out their inspired and catchy rock sound — complete with introspection and attitude — and then buy them a beer and talk about how they just made everyone in the room dance with sheer happiness.
1,2,3 make the kind of music that seems instantly familiar on some level, and leaves you wanting more. “Confetti,” a tasty morsel of that rock-with-attitude I mentioned a moment ago, seems like it would fit in nicely at a show with Cold War Kids, Surfer Blood, The Black Keys or White Rabbits (and so by extension Spoon). It seems to be a existential meditation: We are all just brief blips on time’s radar, and yet the connections we draw to one another still seem meaningful and everlasting. Also, it’s got some nice allusions to reincarnation. But, really, it’s just an endearing and fun rock song.
And then there’s “Can’t Bribe God,” which is a soulful turn. You just met these guys, and yet it feels like they could be old friends from back home, sitting around a bonfire discussing the meaning of life. It’s an awfully thoughtful take on fate and everyone’s unchangeable destiny. But again, it’s a ton of fun, what with it’s piano clinking, tweaked guitar licks and scratchy, emoting vocals. Oh yeah, and then there’s that 60’s soul breakdown for the final minute. These guys have it all.
At this point, it seems that there are only a couple of songs out there to sample this delicious new band. So we give them both to you today at TWJ. Because — and even though we say this quite often, it does not detract from its meaning — we love you.
Be sure to visit http://www.oohlalarecordings.com to purchase your copy of the limited edition “Confetti” 7 inch single on Ooh La La Records!
“Confetti” By 1,2,3 (From Confetti single, out now on Ooh La La)
“Can’t Bribe God” By 1,2,3 (From Confetti single, out now on Ooh La La)