‘Heathers’, from Oklahoma City band ONE TWO TEN, isn’t about a snobby clique of high school girls, but rather about a girl who’s living a bit too much of her best life. It’s an upbeat song – but there’s a sombre message.
ONE TWO TEN combine a classic rock base with pop rock melodies, creating their own style, while at the same time still bearing witness to those who have influenced them, such as Walk The Moon, The Killers, and Kings Of Leon. Their high energy live shows have to be seen to be believed, and their music has been featured worldwide, including on the CBS PGA Golf Tournament, in April this year.
Comprising Andrew May on lead vocals and keys, Spencer Christian on lead guitar, Evan Burgess on bass, Jon Edmund on drums, and Stinson Fuller on rhythm guitar, the group got their name from the name of a musical knowledge road trip game invented by May’s uncle. Originally called One To Ten, they changed it to give the name a more unique sound, but it nonetheless still describes the pop-punk style of their music – the ferocity of their sound which goes from one to ten (and then some) in less than 60 seconds.
‘Heathers’ opens with a doo-wop harmony, before launching into Buddy Holly style guitar, which rapidly morphs into a more contemporary, punk-rock, very radio friendly sound. You can definitely feel the influence of The Killers, it’s a fast and furious, enthusiastic and high powered sound; crashing drums and percussion, power charged lead and rhythm guitars. You’d be forgiven for thinking this immensely catchy song had happy lyrics to go with it, but there’s a sting in the tail, where the heroine of the song…well, let’s just say it doesn’t end well for her – in the words of James Dean, live fast die young, leave a beautiful corpse…but we know how it went for him don’t we.