Chemical Swings

Chemical Swings

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Chemical Swings are a powerpop band with wild eyes and open hearts. Poignant and energetic, they may have been cryogenically frozen in 1993 and thawed out for Pop Montreal 2007. Think of Dinosaur Jr., Elliott Smith's first band Heatmiser, and Modest Mouse.

Biography

Chemical Swings started in 2006. They toured Ontario that summer and spent a great deal of time drinking Red Cap and rocking stages, including a sold out show in Toronto on Canada Day with The Get Sets and These Electric Lives.

They are currently recording an EP at Mile End Academy with their bassist Tavo Diaz De Bonilla (J.F. Robitaille, The Empire Lights). Plans are also underway to tour Ontario yet again near the end of the summer. Rumour has it that The Dukes of the Archipelago will be joining them on their journey.

They are also looking forward to their upcoming EP release (tracks posted are only rough mixes).

Lyrics

Phyllis

Written By: Chemical Swings

Unsafe at any speed / I'm in a state of need / you told me I had blood on my sleeve / I treat my hands like slaves / I keep my eyes in caves / waiting for the flood to recede / you need an honest man / who keeps you in his plans / one who lives for love, not for greed.

It's enough, it's enough / don't you know you'll never find it all / it's enough, it's enough / I'm just looking for a place to fall

The waiting for the train / the itch is in your brain / it moves from your head to your feet / I guess it's all the same / your eyes they move like flames / they make me want to fly towards the heat / the dancers in my veins / the miracle of pain / the medicine you find on the street.

It's enough, it's enough / don't you know you'll never find it all / it's enough, it's enough / I'm just looking for a place to fall

Raw

Written By: Chemical Swings

She thought she lost it all / then he called / bit by the ghostly craw / the frozen jaw / like broken cycle spokes / tied with rope / she knows he needs her most / he smells the smoke

I know I said I love you / and you're just frightened / I can't bear to leave you, leave you alone / you are underwater / you're not an island / you've gotta take your life back / and clean up your home

Her little nose is raw / she smells god / she spends her days in awe / breaking laws / she sees him on her cell / hates the spell / responds to Pavlov's bell / she knows her hell

She is undercover / on a mission / he won't take her back / until she stops dreaming / she won't tell her mother / about her condition / how would she react / would they just start screaming?

James

Written By: Chemical Swings

A grey man in a rocking chair / his eyes are blue and misty / he used to be a drunken bear / now he can't remember 50 / his seeds are trees, they've all moved on / his autumn's nearly over / he doesn't see that something's wrong / he's lonely when he's sober

Margaret / when are you coming home? / I swear your face is made of stone / Margaret / call me on the phone / you're the only peace I own

The doctors say he's got six months / watching his reruns of Gunsmoke / he'd like to take her out just once / they'd be fugitives, not old folks / his medals rot up on the wall / they've been hanging there for ages / the kettle screeches out a call / he wants to tear out his own pages

Margaret / when are you coming home? / I swear your face is made of stone / Margaret / call me on the phone / you're the only peace I own

Discography

E.P. is still being recorded as of press time. It will be released in the autumn of 2007.

Set List

Critic, Dutch, Mikey, Raw, Blue Lights, Sara, Proof, James, Phyllis, Last Ones Left.