Chemistry Lane 2nd EP Launch ‘Pitch Black’
Plus Support From
Esper Scout & Silver Back Club
Thursday 22nd November –
Influences range far and wide from shoe-gaze and orchestral post-rock bands like Slowdive, Spiritualized and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, to new wave groups such as Talking Heads and Echo and the Bunnymen. Recent appreciation for bands such as Deerhunter, Factory Floor and The Phantom Band have allowed the group to unlock a new direction.
Chemistry Lane combine the dreaminess of experimental indie with a layered instrumental depth of sound that results in powerful, almost hypnotic melodies and warm spine tingling atmospheres.
A review of Chemistry Lane’s debut EP Launch (Christopher Bunting).
“The group appear as a collection of shadows onstage behind an enormous projection screen – set up to display various film and imagery – separating band from audience. It’s a brave move, not one that many artists would even consider, and it serves to amp up the pre-gig anticipation amongst the crowd. Credit to the band for a willingness to experiment in a live setting but it’s this spirit that pervades their music also.”
“Set closer ‘Pitch Black’ ensures the night ends on a high. With its hypnotic synth-bass line holding everything together, coiling snake-like around the room, looping over and over until things fall apart, it’s a hulking beast of a track and a definite highlight.”
Esper Scout are an alt. rock/progressive four-piece from Leeds, driven by an enthusiasm for melody, harmony, rhythms and guitar and bass textures and pedal effects as well as dynamic drums and rhythms.
“…The influence of bands like the Mars Volta is clear in their music but the vocal delivery makes them closer to Manchester favourites Oceansize. Comparisons to Warpaint also seem valid as the set goes all shoegazey at times with good dual vocals and clever breakdowns…”
Leeds Music Scene live review by Rebecca Atkinson
Silver Back Club
“Deliciously atmospheric” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Music so lovely I just happily paid 3 quid for it” – Dan Salter, Echoes And Dust
“Musicianship in droves” – Kane Fulton, Skrbblr Magazine
“Some of the most exciting music I’ve heard in an age” – Dan Read, The Core Management
Hailing from industrial Deeside in North Wales, SILVER/BACK/CLUB formed towards the end of 2011. The four fellows (David Thomas – Guitar & Lead Vocals, Adam Hughes – Bass, Tom Williams – Drums, and Gareth Jones – Synths & Vocals) have written for and gigged with various local bands for a number of years, gaining experience and honing their craft.
Moving into 2012, it became apparent that this incarnation had something special. April saw the release of a debut self-titled EP, with all three tracks receiving airplay on BBC Radio Wales. In a short space of time, the band is building up a healthy reputation with critics, promoters and gig-goers alike.
Drawing upon many influences, S/B/C have been compared to indie heavyweights such as Editors, The Horrors, Bombay Bicycle Club and fellow Welshies Los Campesinos! Combining shimmering delays, haunting vocals, stabbing staccato guitar and distorted grooves, S/B/C strive for one thing, and that is to write good pop songs: distinguished tunes, teaming with hooks and melody.
After only their second gig, S/B/C were scouted by Victoria Warehouse (the new home of the Manchester Warehouse Project) to have their track “Pale Face” chosen as the opener for a forthcoming compilation CD, aiming to promote upcoming unsigned artists – an accolade which the band are very excited about.
A physical release of their EP is now imminent, alongside a full UK tour.