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Friday, March 18 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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Hailing from the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1, 2, 3 consists of long time friends Nic Snyder and Josh Sickels. Originally started as a side project from the The Takeover UK, Snyder found himself increasingly drawn to 1, 2, 3 and the freedom it gave him to express his own musical ambitions. In May 2010, having only been together for a few months, 1, 2, 3 released their first UK single, ‘Going Away Party’, on hot tastemaker label Chess Club. Surrounding the release, the band played their first live UK shows, including The Great Escape festival in Brighton, plus an amazing Club NME performance at Koko in London. The limited edition 7” combines Safe as Milk-era Captain Beefheart guitars, Dr. John style freaked-out tingling percussion and Snyder’s night-crawler vocals, while the 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 able to explore new musical directions without any existing boundaries has allowed the duo to experiment and create a handful of songs that are all remarkably different, yet complimentary to each other - the common thread being Snyder’s defiant, soulful vocals and a yearning nostalgia. Since November 2010, 1,2,3 has signed with Frenchkiss Records, released a second Chess Club UK single (“Little Cure” b/w “Big Beige”) and recorded their debut album New Heaven with Nicolas Vernhes (Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective). The band will hit the road in February and March, including a number of showcases confirmed for SXSW. New Heaven is scheduled for release late Spring / early Summer 2011. Web: http://www.myspace.com/1comma2comma3

Friday March 18, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
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