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Chemists on Skunk


The Chemists have been confirmed as special guests of the recently reformed Brit - Rockers Skunk Anansie on their forthcoming European tour. This will coincide with the release of The Chemists debut album “Theories of Dr Lovelock, which is released on November 2nd, through Distiller Records. The album features fourteen no-holds-barred melodic rock songs which were produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Adrian Bushby (Muse/Doves/Foo Fighters) and Kevin Bacon/ Jonathan Quarmby (Richard Hawley/Mew.) The release will be available on CD and digital download.

The band were fuelled by a diet of Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Pixies and The Police, but underpinned by vocalist Johnny Benn’s unique way with words and turbo-charged vocals and lead guitarist Sam James heart-on-sleeve love of a heroic melody, they rehearsed in an old aircraft hangar and emerged with a startlingly magnificent debut album packed with enormous tunes, manly guitar riffs and sharply incisive lyrics.

The album opens with an introduction by the much revered British actor Richard E Grant, whose signature vocals lead into the opening track ‘This City’, which details what happens when drugs and drink meet jet lag and hookers in Hong Kong, as experienced by vocalist Johnny Benn firsthand. The forthcoming single’ Milk and Honey’, is about a deluded man who can’t understand why his girlfriend left him, as he believes he is the bees-knees, also the accompanying video features a guest appearance by Howard Marks ( Mr Nice.)

Other highlights include ‘Hear Our Song’ (which will be predominately featured on Sky TV’s Rugby Union coverage) and ‘Something for the Weekend’, which is about the lead up to the weekend and the debauchery that follows. Other stand-out tracks include ‘Radio Booth’ (inspired by a visit to Red Dragon Radio in Wales) and ‘Hot in That’, which is about supermodel’s ability to wear great clothes but not able to do much else. The album finishes with a dialogue from Richard E Grant and fan’s live favourite, the bands version of Britney Spears mighty ‘Toxic’, which was, “a bit of fun which got out of control”, explains guitarist Sam James.



The Chemists have toured with Feeder, Boxer Rebellion and The Music, amongst others, as well as recently performing on the ‘Distiller Nights’ nationwide tour.

Tour dates:
21 Nov 2009 LEEDS ACADEMY, LEEDS
22 Nov 2009 GLASGOW ACADEMY, GLASGOW
24 Nov 2009 MANCHESTER ACADEMY, MANCHESTER
25 Nov 2009 WOLVES CIVIC, WOLVERHAMPTON
26 Nov 2009 BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON


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