Chemic

Chemic

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Chemic is a indie-pop band from Louisville, KY known for wrapping incredible songs in layers of equally impressive instrumentation. Sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, and always subtle, the band connects to the head and the heart.

Biography

Chemic (Crossroads of America Records) is a versatile indie-pop band built around the songwriting of frontman Scott Kirkpatrick. The past year or so has seen them sharing the stage with Sun Kil Moon, Anathallo, These United States, The Six Parts Seven, Mason Proper, Grampall Jookabox, and PWRFL Power, and they have been featured on CDs with Louisville stalwarts like My Morning Jacket, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Wax Fang, and Dave Pajo. They are working tirelessly right now to record their highly anticipated follow-up record. Look for it in the summer/fall of '09.

Recently, My Old Kentucky Blog featured Chemic on their Laundro Matinee. You can view the videos here: http://www.laundromatinee.com/sessions/video_session__chemic .

But, don't take our word for it:

On their debut, Louisville's Chemic shows themselves to be embracers of established approaches rather than radical reinventors -- no sin at all, but in an era of bands loving their collections not too wisely but too well it's always useful to keep some perspective. This said, Fever on the Forest Floor is an enjoyable listen in the realm of starry-eyed indie-rock that, unlike so many of its contemporaries out to recreate sweeping Flaming Lipsisms again and again, seek a more downbeat approach -- calm acoustic-led arrangements, reflective delivery, an approach more restrained than hyperdramatic. Lead singer and musician Scott Kirkpatrick's high, softly sung voice and his easygoing guitar, matched with the calm backing of his bandmates, is all the more enjoyable for suggesting they could suddenly pour it on but never actually doing so, aside from the appropriately titled "Calm Killers" -- songs don't suddenly burst out into explosive choruses, though occasionally they can kick up their heels like on "Off the List." Even a more jaunty number like the piano-led "War is Over" has its own calming air thanks to his singing, which in the overdubbed harmonies could almost be a bit of ELO-style flair. Certainly there are other more recent models for Chemic's general approach -- not for nothing does the band list acts like Will Oldham and Grandaddy on its Myspace page -- but there are times when Kirkpatrick and company gently step beyond them, as with the dreamy, flowing undercarriage on "Good Mary." Perhaps the most surprising touch in context is the brisk hip-hop beat that kicks off "Don't Go Close" -- not a radical move in general but it shows again that sometimes all that's needed is a little juxtaposition to make something really sharp. - AllMusicGuide review by Ned Raggett

Discography


Louisville is for Lovers Vol. 9 bonus disc- "Ice Floor"

Louisville is for Lovers: Louisville Babylon (Misfits Covers)- "Return of the Fly" (received radio airplay)

Louisville is for Lovers Vol. 8- "Master's House" (received radio airplay)

Fever On The Forest Floor (2007)- (multiple songs getting radio airplay)

Louisville is for Lovers Vol. 7- "Winds of the Sea" (received radio airplay)