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Chemistry Club

Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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Chemistry Club @ Bluebird Theater

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

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"Chemistry Club Comic Book - Copia: Landfall"

What are we doing posting news about a comic book release? Well, when it comes from the titans of industry, Chemistry Club – what with their amazing live sets, addictive pop, and video games – why wouldn’t we?

On the heels of top 10 discovery EP, Copia v. 1: The Electric Hush, the Denver band has released an accompaniment to their sci-fi concept album. Drawn by Patch Silver and written by the quartet of Jeff Wiencrot, Dylan Camacho, Micah Daby, and Jake Euler, the comic breathes life into a five song EP already chock-full of emotion.

The first issue tells the story of 11 year-old doe-eyed Avery Kipling as he is separated from his colony dwelling family and enters a facility that is a cross between Ender’s Game, Shawshank Redemption, and Dune. Kipling tries to battle fitting into the teenage hierarchy as well as facility staff and guards who want him to forget his family and conform to their lock-step system.

Patch Silver’s borderline anime style feels like early 2000s Humberto Ramos and captures the childlike wonderment and fear that Kipling feels in the alien and prison-like environment he feels himself thrust into. He also draws Easter eggs abound from the Electric Hush EP into the scenery. Though the album is about 6-8 pages short of a standard issue comic, by the time of the big reveal from the last page, I am ready to listen to the album again.

Chemistry Club is promoting the release of the comic book with a live show at the Summit Music Hall Friday night, March 13th with Vices I Admire, Instant Empire, Amzy, and Red Fox Run. We would love to see how Avery Kipling’s story ends, so please show your support for this amazing band and their latest artistic endeavor. Tickets are available through Soda Jerk Presents. Until then, get lost in some of the best electro-pop we heard in 2014. - Nanobot Rock


"Local Love: Chemistry Club is building new standards for geek-rock by releasing its own comic book"

Chemistry Club doesn’t want to be just a band in the general sense of being a band. Sure, there are guitars, and drums, and singing, and everything that goes with being stage performers, but the act also explores other creative realms of output. Last summer it was creating its own addictive video game. Now, the self-proclaimed science-geeks are putting out a comic book to help tie the whole "Copia" series together.

The book — titled “Copia: Landfall” — is a follow-up to “The Electric Hush EP” and continues the story of a fictional sci-fi inspired world wrought with puzzling issues and chaotic wonderment. It’s also the second installment of what the band promises to be a four part series of the entire narrative. - The Rooster


"Review: Chemistry Club – Copia 1: The Electric Hush"

Clay: Two concerts, a video game for your smartphone, pop songs with subjects ranging from alien invasions to vagabond robots and a rousing cover of the Ronette’s “Be My Baby.” At this point, I would not be surprised by any direction Denver’s electropop darlings Chemistry Club take; they could cover “C is for Cookie” and I would not even bat an eyelash.

So what about an EP that is the first installment of a four part sci-fi concept album about failing planets, interstellar resource allocation, and rebellion? Yeah, sounds about right. What I wasn’t expecting was a tightly structured step-off into a compelling rock opera. I know I just said “electropop” five minutes ago, but the riffs and hooks are straight out of everything that was great about 70s/80s rock.

Greg: While I haven’t had quite the in-depth experience with Chemistry Club, just being within a relative distance of anyone who likes their music (Read: “Clay”) I definitely know of their work.

Now to use the word “darling” and Chemistry Club seems quite the abstract concept when listening to Copia 1: The Electric Hush, but if you’re new to the band or you have been following them for some time, as mentioned, you will basically submit yourself to their sound without much care at all.

Clay: Well, they make it easy since their music has such a hook to it that you want to come up with snappy one-liners like “someone call an epidemiologist, because this beat is infectious!” But take that ability to make a song burrow into your conscious thought, then add a broad ambitious sound like the layers in “Like Lions” and I have a soundtrack for my life. I mean, remedial tasks like building a spreadsheet in Excel or going to fill up my car with gas immediately become the coolest things ever.

Greg: “Someone call an epidemiologist, because this beat is infectious!” – and on that note, good night!

Saying that Chemistry Club is a soundtrack to making anything the coolest thing ever is a perfect way to explain their music. If you’re like me, at first you’ll get the “oh this is really good stuff” feeling, followed by the “holy hell, ‘Like Lions’ is fantastic,” then you’ll ask “what kind of Damian Kulash spawn is performing on ‘Cleanup Crew’?”

But if these feelings persist for more than four hours, don’t bother calling a doctor, just take another dose of Chemistry Club

Clay: Not to take anything away from the other three tracks, especially all the humanity that is poured into the lyrics of the upbeat pop track “A Particle of Light.” Each piece tell a great tale of planets literally falling apart and set up a really intriguing larger story over four installments. The thing that makes me nervous is that “Like Lions” and “Cleanup Crew” set the bar a little high for the remaining releases and that, fairly or unfairly, we will be comparing everything against them (See: The Killers – Hot Fuss).

I’m going to try and remain optimistic since every release seems to get better and better, but for every sweet guitar solo from “Cleanup Crew,” you have Wiencrot rhyming “war” with “war” and “reason” with “reason” on “At War.” I wasn’t a fan when the Beastie Boys did it on “Pass the Mic” and that was one of my favorite albums of ever.

Greg: While there may be hesitation with the yet-to-be-heard pieces of this epic, it should be noted that Chemistry Club was in the same thought as The Killers and Beastie Boys. So it shouldn’t matter whatcha, whatcha want, or even if we’re human or if we’re dancer, what matters is that Copia 1: The Electric Hush is an immensely successful stepping stone in what could possibly be a fantastic legacy of rock fusion.

But that is all to be determined at this point. What we don’t need to understand, however, is that there are five stellar tracks which paint an intriguing storyline backed by quite a collection of talent. - Nanobot Rock


"Chemistry Club’s “Navigator” video game a colorful, inspired marketing tool"

Anyone familiar with Denver synth-pop band Chemistry Club would be a fool to question its nerd credentials. From the whip-smart lyrics to its bubbling logo and choice of gigs — including a couple consecutive Denver Comic Con-related events — these guys are the real deal.

But for those purely hypothetical outliers who think the band’s commitment to nerd culture is a passing phase, there’s also this: the quartet has released an original video game to accompany its single “Navigator,” which the band will celebrate with a Saturday, Aug. 2 show at the 1Up Colfax barcade.

The description for the brightly-colored game says it all: “Follow two robots as they escape a bleak world and search for a brighter future among the clouds and stars.”

For an impromptu indie micro-game tied to the release of a song, it’s got a surprisingly thoughtful aesthetic. It’s also an inspired marketing tool, given that the game acts as a portal to the band’s music and online presence.

“It’s a bit of an experiment,” singer Jeff Wiencrot told us via e-mail. “The song is about three minutes. The game is about three minutes. So it’s kind of like a music video, but you play through the song. We also included a couple other versions of the song to play to (a remix some friends did and a new acoustic-ish version we did).”

It helps that Chemistry Club bassist Micah Daby is one-third of the local start-up video game company Offbeat Entertainment, which did the heavy lifting for the game’s coding. - The Denver Post


Discography

Danger - EP (June 2013)
1. Bend To Colors
2. In All Directions
3. Siren
4. As You Are
5. 256 Colors

Navigator - Single (Nov 2013)

Miranda - Single (Mar 2014)

Copia: The Electric Hush - EP (Dec 2014)
1. The Stars Will Shake
2. Like Lions
3. A Particle of Light
4. Cleanup Crew
5. At War

Copia: Landfall - Comic Book  (Mar 2015)

Copia: The Undertow - Comic Book (July 2015)






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Chemistry Club is a Colorado-native sci-fi/electropop band with work including music, video games, and comics. Formed in 2012, the band has worked to bring pop music and nerd culture together in a blend of synthesizers, guitar, and SCIENCE.

Their first single, "Bend to Colors", earned them a Top Ten spot in KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays and was hailed by The Knife Fight as “so undeniably catchy that it is almost impossible not to play at full volume.” Their 2014 and 2015 releases, “Miranda” and “Cleanup Crew", also scored awards from KTCL and a spot at Big Gig 2014. They have been nominated twice by the Westword Music Awards, including a 2015 win in the Dance Pop category. Chemistry Club has appeared three times at Comic Con and has played alongside Twenty One Pilots, Neon Trees, Panic at the Disco, and Walk the Moon.

Their newest project, Copia, is a science fiction story told across four concept albums, beginning with "Copia: The Electric Hush", released in December 2014. This year, with the help of Colorado artist Patch Silver, Chemistry Club is expanding the Copia universe with a comic book series. The first two issues, "Copia: Landfall" and "Copia: The Undertow", are available now. New albums and comics in the Copia series will be available soon at www.chemistryclubmusic.com.

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