By Raven, Columnist-The Ravens Nest
Introducing The One2s
Members: Leiana – Bass/Vox, Sean Bombz – Guitar/Vox, Jay Dyer – Drums, Tom Nuzzie – Guitar/Vox; Genre: Genre: Post Punk, Indie, Shoegaze, Alternative Rock; Hometown: Philadelphia
Welcome to another column of “The Ravens Nest”. I’m Raven Pihonak and every week I bring a new band or artist into my nest. This week we have an awesome post-punk, shoegaze band out of Philly called The One2s.
THE ONE2S BIO:
Hailing from Philadelphia, The One2S are a band with a kaleidoscopic – yet direct – approach to their sound; bringing the immediacy of punk, the melodies of brit pop and the depth of shoegaze under one roof.
The band which consists of members of Leiana(EMI) and Big Crowd Popular like to trade instruments and switch roles, making for a constantly challenging and exciting environment within the band. This creative mindset bleeds into their music effortlessly: their EP s are an excellent taste of the band’s sonic manifesto… more touring to follow so check back for dates!
The One2s are back with an EP entitled EP Two that will punch you in the throat. OK, it’s not that aggressive, they are not the second coming of Pantera. But what they offer is something that flows right in with the best in alternative music. The power that made their first EP one of my favorites of last year, comes through again with even more eclectic influences. From the first track, “Gazed Out”, you are taken to another place. If you close your eyes, you can feel an ethereal musical landscape come through. The band does so much to propel you into a new wave of attention that by the time you get to “Cryer”, you are prepared for one hell of a record. There are moments that are purely rocking here, and some that are subtle and quiet. There’s a balancing act that is here that reminds me of Silversun Pickups and even a little Jesus and Mary Chain. However, the band puts together a sound on their own with a focus on guitar driven melodies and strong alternative rock leanings. It’s hard to put these guys in one box, as they rise towards several genres as they go through different sound waves.
If you’re a fan of shoegaze, alternative, and strong leading vocals, this EP is going to fit right in between the aforementioned bands and even a twist of Starflyer 59. My favorite track is “Pop the Ripper”, which is a stand out on the EP. With 5 tracks, the band manages to flow through different eras, push you through various melodic rock styles and maintain focus on cohesion. This is another one of those records that you want to listen to all the way through. It’s a journey of sound, and it doesn’t let you step off the ride until the last note is played.
Overall, The One2s come back with another representation of what good music is right now. I can’t wait to see what they do next. I’m hoping an extended tour and a major record label debut, they are definitely the next big thing, if you ask me. Of course, you didn’t, but then again, whoever does? I love this record, pick it up, pay attention, and put on some headphones, this second helping sounds awesome.
So if your in the Philly, Jersey area check out this powerful guitar riff drum pounding band that is sure to bring back the memories of being in Soho slamming to your favorite Post Punk Songs.
I’m Raven Pihonak and next we will add another Band to ‘The Ravens Nest”.
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