Coming nearly three years after their much-lauded debut New Heaven, the new album from Pittsburg’s 1,2,3 almost never happened. Singer Nic Snyder had been beaten down by life between being in the band and having a day job, his aunt’s house being hit by a tornado, writer’s block, and being dropped by their label had led to understandable tension with his bandmates. He decided to remove himself from the situation and quit the band. This might of been the best decision he made as it allowed him to create at his own pace. The result is the meaningfully titled Big Weather whose name comes from the literal weather that affected his family and the storm that was band’s existence in the creation of it.
Now knowing the story behind the album, one would expect the music to be darker in mood given the story, but the songs so far have been eclectic and gritty as heard in the previously revealed “Big Weather Part 1″ and “Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair”. There, indeed, is an artistic turn on this record from their debut, but the band has still maintained their pop sensibilities. Those sensibilities might not be any more existent than in the track we are premiering, “Porch Swing Song”. Vocal hooks are prevalent in the cut, but it’s the crunchy and melodic guitars along with the horns that really bring the listener in. It just goes to show that great art cannot always be created on a timetable. Look for Big Weather to see the light of day on May 27th via their homemade label American Hermitage. Listen below.