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(Kill Rock Stars KRS712, 2021, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-12-07


Not one, not two, but three bassists from different 80s Swiss punk bands got together in 2018, finding the idea of a group consisting of three female bass players novel. Three years later they have released their debut, self-titled album ONETWOTHREE. The band consists of Klaudia Schifferle (Kleenex / LiLiPUT), Madlaina Peer (Noknows), and Sara Schär (TNT, Souldawn, and The Kick). And there is much more than just bass on their album.  ONETWOTHREE plays minimal and catchy DIY post-punk songs that draw upon the influential music they made with their former groups. If you are a fan of the B-52's, Young Marble Giants, Swell Maps, or perhaps Go-Go's, you will love ONETWOTHREE. These three women are adept at crafting short songs that latch onto your brain, locking you into their groove. Though the bass is foremost, ONETWOTHREE also incorporates cheap drum machines, cheesy organ, synths, and guitars for these stripped down ditties. The lyrics are masterfully crafted. For instance the militant “Give Paw” is in your face with “Give paw, obey, do as I say,” though I am not sure what give paw means, but the lyric and rhythm work. Then on “Bubble” they sing “In my  bubble, there is no trouble, I jump around, wearing my crown.” Another nonsensical, but fun lyric that pulls you into their world. They also have a video their opening track “Perfect Illusions,” that sets the stage for the entire album. There hasn’t been new music like this for a long time. Check it out.

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