the beatles, radiohead, Tom Waits
Ben Witt - Vox, guitar, keyz... Elliot Smith - Drums James Ireland - Keyz Hamish Rahn - Bass
Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Prince
The Chemist formed when all four members met studying music at university. Fronted by Ben Witt (who also plays guitar in the Bob Evans band), The Chemist's first gig was a heat in the prestigious Next Big Thing Competition. They won their heat and ended up runners-up in the entire competition. They've since worked with Luke Steele of the sleepy jackson, & supported End of Fashion, Birds of Tokyo, Sugar Army & more.
The Chemist have been picked as our WA band to play Southbound. Check out their 60's psychedelic rock. Woo!
Tell us about your music?
We originally were going to form a bowling team but Hamish was rubbish and James didn’t look good in the attire. Turned out Hamish could play bass pretty well, so we now try and create rock&roll/pop music that is strong in character & can shake you a little bit.
Tell us about working with Luke Steele.
I met Luke at the Perth Blues Club down on Charles Street, while I was still going to high school. He’s always looking sharp, he goes surfing in a suit and tie. He showed me that a song is like a puzzle & each sound is a little piece you have to place carefully to achieve the end picture. I’m a better musician because of him.
What can the audience expect from you at the South Bound festival?
Guitars, drums, keyboards, tambourines, trash cans, noise & melody.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the festival?
There’s plenty of great bands we’re looking forward to see, but to name a few…. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Drones, The Hives & our buddies in End of Fashion (Their new record is great!)
What's coming up in the future?
We’re going to record our first EP early next year & play a bunch of shows. We want to do a couple of gigs with a horn section also, so we are currently working on some arrangements for trumpet, sax & trombone.
Australian music is?
Australian music is happening. There are some great bands out there, some playing the big gigs to thousands of people… and some playing at the local pub to Nigel.View Profile Hide Interview
02 Dec 2008
This is a really...
This is a really different song to "Stars". It's got a sleazy early '70s glam vibe. Very primal. The little tinkering on the piano is a nice touch that earn't them an extra star!
17 Jun 2008
The beat on this...
The beat on this song sounds like a heartbeat in my ears... given this band is called The Chemist that's kinda fitting. Classic late 60's pop psychedelia here... although I'm unsure whether the recording is lo-fi or the mp3 transfer is a little thin to the ears. Either way, the classic Bowie sound is here and it's pretty darn good.
12 Feb 2011
Can easily see a...
Can easily see a Beatles influence here. I like your experimentation with different sounds, unlike a lot of artists on here. The sounds are layered beautifully.