The Chemist (band)

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The Chemist
The Chemist @ Rosemount Hotel (21 5 2010) (4651226719).jpg
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Indie Rock, blues, Folk,
Years active 2007 (2007)–2013
Labels Create/Control
Website www.thechemistband.com.au
Members Ben Witt
Chris Wright
James Ireland
Hamish Rahn
Past members Elliot Smith

The Chemist is a four-piece alternative rock music group from Perth, Western Australia formed in 2007.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Chemist formed when all four members met studying music at university.[1] The Chemist's first gig was a heat in the prestigious Next Big Thing Competition. They won their heat and ended up runners-up in the entire competition.[3]

They've since played at the Big Day Out, Splendor in the Grass, Southbound,[4] received significant airplay on Triple J, worked with Luke Steele of the Sleepy Jackson[2][5] and supported Silversun Pickups, Robert Forster, Boy & Bear, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Beautiful Girls, End of Fashion,[6] Birds of Tokyo[6][7] and Sugar Army.[6]

In 2013, The Chemist signed to Create/Control and released their debut album Ballet In The Badlands on March 22. The album was given 4/5 stars by Rolling Stone magazine.

Music style[edit]

The Chemist play a unique brand of blues infused indie swamp rock, drawing influence from artists such as Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Walkmen, The Beach Boys, Beck & many more.

Personnel[edit]

  • Ben Witt – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboard (2007–present)
  • Elliot Smith – drums (2007-2012)
  • Chris Wright: drums (2012–present)
  • James Ireland – keyboard (2007–present)
  • Hamish Rahn – bass (2007–present)

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

  • Ballet In The Badlands - Create/Control (2013)
    1. "Heaven's Got A Dress Code" - 3:44
    2. "Spray Paint or Praise (Still a Statue in the Wind)" - 4:17
    3. "Silver & Gold" - 3:13
    4. "Sad Eyes" - 3:30
    5. "Nails in Mud" - 4:54
    6. "Stripped Paint" - 4:18
    7. "Strings Lickin' Limbs" - 3:54
    8. "Test Tubes (Only Forgotten Son)" - 4:30
    9. "December" - 4:25
    10. "Tonight, Tomorrow Is Sold" - 3:38
    11. "Sparrow's Shadow" - 3:55
    12. "Long Road Back" - 3:12
  • The Wolves' Howls Shatter the Old Glass Moon - Dirt Diamond Productions (2010)
    1. "End of July" – 3:05
    2. "Stars" – 3:17
    3. "Things Have Changed" – 5:23
    4. "Don't Look Down" – 3:05
    5. "Find My Way Home" – 5:47
  • Lullabies - Dirt Diamond Productions (2010)
    1. "Lullaby #1 (Mercy)" – 3:34
    2. "When The Morning Comes" – 3:14
    3. "Sweet Dreams" – 2:28
    4. "As Deep As Death" – 3:04

Singles[edit]

  • Lullaby #1 (Mercy) - Dirt Diamond Productions (2010)
    1. "Lullaby #1 (Mercy)" – 3:34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Triple J Unearthed: The Chemist". triplejunearthed.com. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Chemist". abc.net.au. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Next Big Thing Past Winners". nextbigthing.net.au. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Southbound 2009". triplejunearthed.com. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Coufos, Polly (16 May 2010), "The Western front", STM Entertainment Magazine 
  6. ^ a b c "He's Got Witt". xpressmag.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Birds of Tokyo, The Chemist @ Amplifier". fasterlouder.com.au. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 

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