“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 band includes long-time pal Josh Sickels on drums.
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.
First discovered by producer Theo Aronson, the band went into the studio with Theo to record their debut single “Confetti” along with the b-side “Can’t Bribe God”. Released as a 7 inch on Ooh La La Records in 2010, the band were quickly picked up by Frenchkiss Records for their full length album due out in Summer 2011.