The Alchemystics

The Alchemystics

 Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
BandHip HopReggae

The Alchemystics play a unique blend of roots music, effortlessly combining reggae, hip-hop, dub & soul music. Performances are well-polished, spellbinding celebrations of rhythm & song. Their music crosses boundaries and welcomes all to the experience.

Biography

“In a world where musicians seem content to follow established formulas it’s encouraging to find a band that can defy boundaries with skill & grace” — Lisa McIntyre, Performer Magazine

Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies - fired by the Alchemystic’s unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Formed by producers, and rhythmic earth shakers Demse Zullo (drums & percussion) & Garrett Sawyer (bass) in early 2003, the Alchemystics under their musical direction have grown into an eclectic lineup of talented musicians combining the inspired, masterful vocals of Ras Jahn and Ian-I, the smooth and socially conscious lyricism of Force, the Afro-Caribbean infused percussion of Matthew King, and the cosmic keyboards of Jay Metcalf. Together, The Alchemystics have catalyzed into an original, unstoppable musical force. Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows, have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England, and beyond.

The Alchemystics have shared stages with a global array of music luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clipse, Damian Marley, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, The Coup, Inner circle, Busta Rhymes, Yellow Man, Burning Spear, Gil Scott Heron, Culture, Steel Pulse, Angelique Kidjo, Mighty Sparrow, The Brazilian Girls, Israel Vibrations, The English Beat, Midnite, King Sunny Ade and Taj Mahal among many others.

The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.

In May 2011 The Alchemystics released their fourth album, a 17-track studio album that follows up their E.P
and a full length live recording in 2008.

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Lyrics

Type A Prayer

Written By: The Alchemystics

Intro - (Ian I)

Been seeing this vision so long
This song is a prayer so strong.
When you feel it inside you know it's true
So we're singing this thing to you

Chorus - (Ian I)

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new song to sing
And we're singing this thing to you

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new vibe to bring
And we're bringing this thing to you

Chorus B - (Ras Jahn)

We've got keep free the Vibe
That's the thing that keeps us alive
Helps us to stay real inside
We've got nothing to hide

Always stay where the peace will abide
The most positive thing I ever could have tried
Helps us to stay real inside
We've got nothing to hide

Chorus - (Ian I)

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new song to sing
And we’re singing this thing to you

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new vibe to bring
And we're bringing this thing to you

Verse 1 - (Force)

This Represents pain, hunger, struggle, passion
The depths that I’ll go for these goals you can't fathom
The pattern I’m in with a pad and a pen
Like I’m battling vice no advice I can give
In this life except live. Invested
And this testament here is a gift for the kids.
If chivalry's dead then the sword from the stone
That I pull for the throne's for the nights [knights] all alone
I write what I know and I hope it swings low
When the chariot comes forth to carry me home
And all I ask is the past hassles and traps don't last
Look back and laugh after the fact
And master the craft shaft in Africa paragraphs
Capture the masses and give back
And that's all my supplications
Patience only goes so far leave the rest up to faith then.

Chorus 2 - (Ras Jahn)

We've got keep free the Vibe
That's the thing that keeps us alive
Helps us to stay real inside
We've got nothing to hide

Always stay where the peace will abide
The most positive thing I ever could have tried
Helps us to stay real inside
We've got nothing to hide

Verse - (Ian I )

The vibe Jah giving got me moving,
Come on in and dig on this loving
It’s really really true when you type a prayer too
Experience the bliss that comes from you.
Coming from the top like a crown chakra dot
Illuminate the soul let the music hit the spot
From you are whole with a momentary stop
Of suffering, buffering truth through the roots-hop.
Takes a while before it comes visible
It’s the spiritual moving through the physical
Motions, oceans washed so many away
If I'm singing I give thanks and praise; Yeah!
I man a ride with it and a glide with it so long
Woman a roll with it and her soul with it so strong
The way I sing with it and a bring with it soul vibes
The way we rock with it shock with it hot with it so I

Chorus (Ian I)

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new song to sing
And we’re singing this thing to you

Coming with a new type a prayer
Coming with a brand new thing to do
Coming with a new vibe to bring
And we're bringing this thing to you

Are you ready? (3x)

© 2011 The Alchemystics, LLC

Dance Upon The Corner

Written By: The Alchemystics

Chorus
There's a dance upon the corner
With no bad men in a the area no no
There's a dance upon the corner
Enough sweet ladies in a the dancehall yo yo yo

1st Verse – Ras Jahn
Now is the time I and I a mention
We come together with a positive intention
The session have fe ram it have fe ram
Like dance in a skate land

Chorus
There's a dance upon the corner
The work is done come enjoy the show
There's a dance upon the corner
Drum and bass kick it here we go

2nd Verse – Ras Jahn
A positive effect will come to those who let it
Rhythm holds the key hold on and never quit it
The session have fe ram it have fe ram
Like dance in a skate land

Chorus
There's a dance upon the corner
Enough women check for what them come for yeah
There's a dance upon the corner
Enough rub-a-dub a gwan say yeah

3rd Verse – Ras Jahn
The women who love it come again and again
The natty dread a mosh up the cushion pain
The session have fe ram it have fe ram
Like dance in a skate land

4th Verse – Force
So the scene is set then
Don't need advice but I got suggestions
This is the night where you make connections
So dance to the rhythm that is so infectious
It gets in your soul. Truth be told,
The show's like Cloverfield on the road
People are screaming and running to see them
The reason's the Alchemystics believe it
Make your breathing stop.
B-boys pop and lock bring out your cardboard box
and we can't be stopped but give it all you got
We came to rock you know that's the spot
No questions yes it's the freshest
So clean it seems without effort
No guest list so all y'all invited
Get festive, enjoy your night and live

© 2011 The Alchemystics, LLC

What We Need (Spread Hope)

Written By: The Alchemystics

Chorus – Ras Jahn What we need is a new vibe
inspiration, sweet sensation (2x)

1st Verse – Force
Spread hope like Obama
The most charming spinners of yarns thus far
Amidst nonsense offer the opposite cause
It ain't art unless your hearts involved
And no offense our offense is of a your charts
No defense for this intensive inventiveness from my squad
A positive message indebted to Bob Marl
With a li’ll bit of Marvin, Jay Biggie and Nas
But sounds all ours we're outta your Solar
System with wits like Flight of the Conchords
But it's no joke, your hardly hard harlequins
All in your linen and grinning about cars
But let's take a pause remember when rap was
All about change and Flavor Flav was sane
No half stepping with Kane and now you repping that cane
Y'all Mr. Glass rappers are actually quite lame

Chorus – Ras Jahn

2nd Verse – Denroy Morgan
There's nothing new under the sun
She's been here since Jah work's been done
But man has changed the laws of time
The will of Jah we have left behind
Now we can come together
In a way to make things better
And begin to understand
The weak must never fear the strong
And need a better, much better, better inspiration
Remove the clouds now Jah
Help us to see things better
With faith, hope, and charity
Love will lift us higher

Chorus – Ras Jahn

3rd Verse – Ian I
Respect when you come inna we zone
Ian I have to phone home from the dome
Burn the Kush; medicine from the bush
I & I don’t deserve no officers' push
Spread hope ‘cuz I & I can't cope
The economics of the system is a joke
So you know say- we nah praise no hoax
The almighty one is the one to give us hope

Pre Chorus – Ras Jahn
From the bottom to the top to the very last drop
Music come and the reggae nah stop
If you cant feel it you need to come closer
Band will take you like a roller coaster

4th Verse – Catalyst
Let me grab your attention for a minute
To preach to the people about a little something different
Catalyst you you know who's
Cuz your boys spread hope like a cure for cancer
Ever since a young child I could match the stanzas
That'll help you in a bind like a cash advancement
Yea I know times get drastic
Last thing we need is rappers putting guys in caskets
Should be evolution instead of the guns you shooting
Start a revolution instead we all losing
That's why I do this for my people in the clutch
With just enough change to hop a ride on the bus
Another dollar ten for a fresh grape dutch
And we don't care much about what's in your foam cup
Inspiration and heart is the key
That's why I impart knowledge on all that I breathe

5th verse - Force
Ladies and gents can I get an encore
Bring forth peace signs like I speak semaphore
The flag tossed offstage offsides call
From the ref yes destined to rep ‘till I’m gone
I'm reptilian spit acid on bars
In a brawl I'm Shang Tsung steal soul with my songs
Perform homecomings like I talked to the lord
And I'm sure that my pen is mightier than the sword
So each stroke is heat stroke. east coast born
We're on tour now, your town has been warned.
Formerly known as the band you ain't know
Now the flow has you throwing up in the front row
Whoa . . . don’t front you know I gotcha open
Enter the stage and own it. Had a Black Moon moment
Lack no components opponents notice the focus
Compose an opus devoted to giving you what you wanted.

Chorus – Ras Jahn

© 2011 The Alchemystics, LLC

Don't Leave

Written By: The Alchemystics

Chorus – Ras Jahn
Burdened down with sorrow
Hold on till tomorrow
Some feelings just can't wait
No time to hesitate
Don't leave, don't leave, don't leave, girl don't leave

1st Verse - Force
In this midnight nation of ours chase stars
In hopes to stay close to the light in the dark.
Like I'm Lost, I found Others in time I saw
Ya [yer] and I hate How we can't communicate [Kate]
Had Jack and never let it hold me back
But the fact of the matter is this is disastrous
Our passion is turning to crashing and burning
Words ain't working and that's disconcerting
The curtains sheer, so it seems so clear
My home isn't whole and you hold it there in your hands
Had plans to renovate
But it takes time to change and you can't wait.
Face to face with fate and uncertain stakes
Can't blow like Kurtis heard these are the breaks
Lights, action, cameras captivate
Still take my breath hostage, I saw your face in the crowd
Now that we're back here
I'm backwards turned round background is
My fears brought tears and I couldn't reveal it
Concealing your hearts so hard appearances deceive
Believe me I know what I am.
In demand constantly can't calm it down
Compound that with the fact I can't relax
Can't grasp why you'd ever wanna deal with that
In the back of my mind I'm wondering why try
With my IQ knew it's foolish to fantasize
Too tied up with enough to set aside
Like Erykah Ba I guess next life time is ours
Play with the cards you're dealt with
Odds ain't even and I'm seeming so selfish
I scream don't leave, don't bounce don't stroll
I won't take no. hold I can't let it go.

Chorus
2nd Verse – Ian I
Not really sure what to say, don't really know what to do
You re making me feel so many ways, not sure which one is you
Caught up in a chain reaction, attraction with dissatisfaction
I only got Jah strength to lean on, so if you wanna love me then you got to be strong
A moment in time come to make the connection
I never want experience like this to end on a controversy
These things are hurting me
Gotta peace out to an appease community
I'm living by a mountain of love Jah Jah rumble through
Has given me the strength to heal from the tumble you given me
I didn't want to really leave but I give thanks for my own livity

© 2011 The Alchemystics, LLC

Discography

Spring 2011 "Spread Hope" full-length CD

Fall 2008 self released LIVE at the Iron Horse

Fall 2007: self-titled EP release
Featuring the popular track �Shine Eye Girl�

Spring 2007: "Bangers & Mash " featured on the "Western New England Hip Hop Compilation" (released by Mystika Music)

2006: Self-titled full-length CD (out of print; not with current lineup)

Spring 2006 CD Single �Homecoming� / �Fire�

Winter 2004 CD Single �Real Punisher� / �Ghetto Red Hot�

Set List

The Alchemystics deliver high-energy sets from a substantial repertoire of originals, well-known reggae tracks and hip hop covers. Single or multiple sets can be arranged from 45 minutes up to 2 1/2 hours or more.