1,2,3 — that’s the number of years since we heard from this Pittsburgh indie band that became critical darlings upon releasing 2011’s “New Heaven.”
1,2,3, returns on May 27 with a sophomore double album, “Big Weather,” on their new label American Hermitage.
A second album almost didn’t happen, as frontman Nic Snyder, one of two former members of power-pop band Takeover UK, quit the band in late 2012 due to burn-out from touring and working on the follow-up.
As the label describes it, “Several months later, after a few nights of drunken persuasion, he re-convened with the rest of the band and coaxed them back, wanting to finish what they had started. Snyder had been inspired by ’70s dystopian movies, combined with a pattern of strange weather and its resulting destruction (a tornado ripped through his aunt’s house in Pennsylvania… something that shouldn’t happen in PA), along with the tsunami that devastated Japan two weeks later.”
In the making, the band recorded storms and “listened to nothing but local oldies radio stations,” while recording entirely on primitive gear, using nothing but creaky old guitars, a bass, and things to bang on.”
“This album is undoubtedly ridden with flaws,” Snyder comments, “but so are its creators, and the circumstances under which it was created… and in that regard, this album feels very special to me.”
The band is sharing the first two singles, “Big Weather Pt. 1” “Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair,” both dubbed “disaster ballads,” as free downloads via Soundcloud.
The release show is going to be Friday, May 30 at Brillobox in Bloomfield.
Big Weather Tracklisting:
1. Big Weather Pt. 1
2. Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair
3. Pontoon Song
4. Waiting For The Horsemen
5. Mile High Grass
6. Bus To Babylon
7. Refusal Bop
8. Shapes of Wrath
9. Fear_Pure Elevation
11. Stone Haus
12. Porch Swing Song
13. Big Black Car
14. Big Weather Pt. 2
15. In The House of The Locust
16. When The Levee Broke at The County Fair
18. Faith Hill
19. Where We Lived
20. Sick of the End