Despite having been together for under a year, Pittsburgh duo Nic Snyder and Josh Sickels have already made waves in the UK this year, and now have just signed to Frenchkiss Records. They received rave reviews for a string of live UK shows in May, including The Great Escape festival & Club NME, which were closely followed by the release of their critically acclaimed Chess Club debut 7” ‘Going Away Party’, that received multiple Radio 1 plays from Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton. Chess Club is also set to release the band’s new single, ‘Little Cure’, on October 25.
The band are all set to begin work on their debut album with Nicolas Vernhes, due to be recorded in New York City this autumn. Between recording sessions the band will be squeezing in shows at CMJ in October including a very special gig at the Chess Club / Neon Gold party.
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.
Nic Snyder – vocals, guitar & keys
Josh Sickels – drums
Josh, Nic, and Chad at their video shoot for “Scared, But Not That Scared”
Who is the diva of the group?
Nic is the diva, Josh is the angry one
Who has the best Beatles solo project?
John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
Who takes the longest in the shower?
Who is the worst driver?
Chad / Mike are the scariest
Who gets hit on the most?
Josh, what is your favorite pizza?
Almost every non-NY band hates the city, right?
We’re only anti-driving/parking in New York
What is 1,2,3’s spirit animal?
Nic - Astral Weeks by Van Morrison / Chad - Kid A by Radiohead / Josh - 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang Clan
Who shares the beds?
Chad and Josh (rhythm section), Mike and Nic (guitar players)