The Chemist
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The Chemist

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia | MAJOR

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia | MAJOR
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"Live Review - Railway Hotel" was time for The Chemist. If you have yet to see this band - do it. They are required viewing for any alt-rock fan, but fans of any specific genre could appreciate The Chemist's craftsmanship and imagination. Completely masterful was the twist on material incorporating a slight jazz discordance and complex arrhythmia.
Believe the hype, this band is good and the vocalist displays a wildly enviable timbre as well as non-cliched lyrical substance. Like any trade, it's always better if people know when to stop. And while The Chemist feature moments of the blissful absurd, they contrast these phases with fractured pop darkness. - Xpress Mag

"Live Review - Next Big Thing Comp Final"

Having cut his teeth at blues clubs as a one-man-show, singer-guitarist Ben Witt is no stranger to the stage...the lad can certainly hit notes, and, more than anything else, plays guitar like a god in the making. The Chemist were easily the slickest and classiest band of the night, and the one most people have been talking about since the event. - Xpress Mag

"Live Review - Amplifier Bar"

The Chemist seem to be unstoppable. Playing through the usual repertoire of their home-brand style of pop-rock, yet drawing on virtually any influence, from jazz to psychedelic, making it their own. Blistering through the set with ease, they let the crowd focus on other aspects of their performance. The almost over-confidence of Ben Witt smirking on stage while delivering captivating vocal and guitar performances; the passionate keyboard hammering of James Ireland; the constant beat of Elliot Smith; and the expressive lip-curling, writhing and grinding of bass player Hamish Rahn all combined effortlessly to make the performance just another feather in The Chemist's already brimming cap. - Xpress

"Live Review - supporting Birds of Tokyo"

Having to come on as support for a band as polished and professional as Birds Of Tokyo is never going to be an easy task but if the guys from The Chemist thought so they never did let it on. Opening with a brief drum and bass introduction before heading into the magnificent "Stars" these guys were brimming with confidence and immediately captured the attention of the already sizeable crowd in the front of stage. The Chemist are no doubt a band consisting of very talented musicians and "Stars" is an accomplished song that builds up perfectly and gives a crashing crescendo; it is, without a doubt, a fantastic statement for a young band to make. - Xpress Mag

"Live Review - The Bakery"

Living up to their reputation, The Chemist didn't disappoint. A host of new songs were introduced including stand-out, "Don't Look Down." As if excellent pop-rock songs delivered expertly weren't enough, Ben Witt's mesmerising vocals filled the room, and it wasn't long before the crowd turned all of its attention to teh suited singer. A closer listen to The Chemist revealed elements of dance, and subtle groove and funk movements tastefully spliced throughout the set. They settled affairs with an atmospheric performance of "Stars", and left the awestruck crowd wanting more. - Xpress Mag

"Live Review - Mojo's Bar w/ The Basics (Ben Witt solo show)"

Only a handful of punters were diligent enough to get to Mojo's in time to see opening act, Ben Witt, demonstrate his masterful musicianship with little more than his voice, an electric guitar and a bunch of pedals. Standing alone among a stage full of unused equipment, Witt had a commanding presence, drawing people inside from the beer garden with his resonating voice and Jeff Buckley-esque tone.
Towards the end of his set, Witt slung the guitar off his back, and began spinning it around wildly, producing a series of banging and tapping noises that were looped and used as percussion. Witt then sung over his makeshift percussion track, bellowing out notes that even Wally de Backer would be hard pressed to hit.
Witt's set was short but sweet, leaving the small crowd eagerly awaiting the next band, but also wishing they could hear a bit more of Witt's material. - Xpress

"Live Review - Amplifier Bar (Ben Witt solo show)"

Bringing with him a loop station, with which he layered guitar parts, The Chemist front man Ben Witt played a collection of solo songs including his own band's "Put Down Your Sword"; an uncomfortable, yet riveting, rendition of the original. Watching Ben Witt solo is more like watching an artist sculpting an art piece in real time - fascinating and inspiring. - Drum Media Perth

"Live Review"

When the group gurgles to life it's like watching a mutant circus of demented musicians. Front-man Ben Witt is one of those entertaining little bastards that you just can't peel your eyes, or ears, away from and is constantly giving the impression that Billie Holiday's ghost is trapped inside his body. Opening with the haunting Stars followed by Don't Look Down, it's instantly a challenge to articulate what these guys sound like...How about 'really god-damned excellent'?
- Space Ship News


The Wolves' Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon - May 2010



THE CHEMIST The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon EP

It seems there’s always a lot of hoopla coming from the West about this band or that... or that something’s in the water that the musicians have been drinking. But now here comes a band with neither hype, nor hip-factor, but simply future. They are Perth’s best-kept secret...

The Chemist.

Singer/guitarist Ben Witt spent his teens as something of a blues wunderkind, busking on weekends when his buddies were surfing; playing suburban venues when his classmates were studying (yet then, as most certainly now, he always did his homework).

Hundreds of gigs led to full-time tuition as Witt started adding new sounds to the malleable memory bank of music in his head. From that experience has emerged the musical mélange that is The Chemist.

With Colleagues and fellow creative minds Elliot Smith (drums), Hamish Rahn (bass) and James Ireland (keyboards), The Chemist may be youthful but are far beyond young. Some early blues influences, combined with the swagger and personality of Witt’s beloved troubadour idols, Waits and Dylan, the band strives for the perfect song architecture of The Beatles in full bloom. One must.

“As a musician you're always picking up new things along the way to put in your musical wardrobe,” Witt says. “You'll be working on a song and it will ask for something... you go to your musical wardrobe and say, ‘what would be the appropriate attire for this occasion?’ we did a lot of ‘clothes’ shopping playing blues and studying at Uni, I guess you could say!”

“I want the music to be fun, interesting, moving and bad ass,” says Witt, characterising the band’s music with familiar shapes, yet through a different lens. And so it is on The Chemist’s debut EP, The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon. Produced by Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) the EP is but the beginning for The Chemist, yet it brims with five tracks shining with class and personality.

Touring with Old Man River and Boy & Bear will introduce a national audience to The Chemist’s enigmatic blend of grace and gravel. Bring your prescription.

“Keep it unpredictable and wild,” says Witt when asked of what track the band will pursue. “Hopefully when people put the songs on in the car they pull their shades down, light their cigarette and rock some spirit fingers out the window.”


The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon

End Of July – It’s a fun song to play. We tried to include some things we love about music.... dirty groove, melodies, noise, guitars and the bells are the cherries on top.

Stars - We originally recorded this song with Luke Steele, so you can hear his
influence on this track. It’s reminiscent of The Beatles, it pumps out a lot of harmonies. We threw the kitchen sink to it by the end of the song. This was the first song Joel heard of the band, he heard the demo at a party we both attended when a friend Andy (Lawson) who ended up engineering the EP, had a copy.

Things Have Changed – It’s got a Tom Waits vibe going on. James (Ireland,
keyboards) is on piano accordion. The two and fours are a sample from a movie set in the ’30s in the deep south of America and the prisoners are working on the railway. It’s a song about change, getting a little older and going, ‘uh, so this is what goes on in the world’.

Don't Look Down – A song about going up and coming down. Getting well high, and crashing down. Winning big at the casino, to lose it all on the next hand. Finding the girl of your dreams, to find out she's a lesbian, etc, etc.

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