1, 2, 3

1, 2, 3

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"I wouldn't be doing this if I felt I had a choice," realizes Nic Snyder. He pauses, sips a beer. "I don't think I have a choice."

He's talking about life as a musician, and more specifically, about his new band... 1,2,3. The outfit, whose members also include long-time pal, Josh Sickels (drums), hail from Pittsburgh and are late of the well-known power punk outfit, The Takeover UK.

Although that former band had a run-in with stardom... landing synch deals, signing to a semi-major label, garnering major press and releasing a well-received album, Running With the Wasters... it wasn't meant to be, as internal artistic differences intervened and eventually prevailed.

With 1,2,3 however, it's a whole new, and perhaps more complimentary, world for Snyder these days, "I'm really excited about this new band," Nic proclaims, "It's what I've always wanted a band to be."

Snyder grew up inspired by a steady diet of Mercury-era Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Bacharach & David, and all-time fave, Roy Orbison, but he was lured into actually playing the stuff by his dad, who not only collected punk 7's back in the seventies, but was a piano player in Pittsburgh's monolithic Iron City Houserockers, probably the biggest band to come out of the Three Rivers area in the 70/80's. Says Nic, "I have pictures of him on stage with Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz, and B.B. King. Now he's considered a "legend" in the local blues scene. One of my first memories was of my mom speeding away from our house and telling me don't ever become a musician or your wife will hate you."

Drummer Sickels, who himself has a respectably 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 his songs."

Hence, 1,2,3 is the platform for some very incredibly smart songwriting, for example, "Confetti," a tune about death that quite happily sounds like the orgasmic collision of latter day Beatles (definitely a Lennon tune), Gram Parsons and Big Star, and "Can't Bribe God," a kind of slow, Gospel shuffle that finds Snyder displaying simply the most viciously visceral vox work this side of Prince Rogers Nelson with a middle eight that feels curiously like ELO... in a good way.

Both songs were recorded this Fall with producer Theo Aronson at his Brooklyn recording studio. Inquiring minds can expect to hear them very soon, followed by a full album in early 2010.

Congratulations to the winner, Rob Little!