CMJ Spotlight: 1, 2, 3

Despite being together for over a year, Pittsburgh duo 1, 2, 3 have been raved about by bloggers at last year’s CMJ and this year’s SXSW festivals. The band only had a few 7″ singles out until this summer when they released their first album New Heaven on Frenchkiss Records. 1, 2, 3 consists of long time friends Nic Snyder (vox, guitar & keys) and Josh Sickels (drums). 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.

1,2,3 released their album New Haven on Frenchkiss Records.

Listen to “Work” below and catch them at CMJ at the shows below:

1,2,3 – Work by orchardmktg

10/18 – Brooklyn Bowl 7pm
10/21 – The Delancey – 6DB Unofficial CMJ Day Showcase 2:30pm
10/22 – Fontana’s – Reverb CMJ Day Party – 12:30pm
10/22 – Knitting Factory – AAM CMJ Celebration – 4:00pm
10/22 – Knitting Factory – Tell All Your Friends Official Showcase – 9:10pm

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