London band The Chemistry Set have been viewed as one of the best neo-psychedelic bands of the last 25 years. Their love of vinyl has also supplied their cult following with plenty of treats too: Their last five 7” singles released through Fruits De Mer sold out in less than a day. Their new album, The Endless More & More follows the critical success of the 2015 EP Elapsed Memories which included a marvelous reworking of the Jimi Hendrix track Love or Confusion. The band say that this is the first time that they have been 100% happy with an album. Gold vinyl LP on Legal Crabomophone, limited to 600 copies.
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Back in the late ’80s I would occasionally send off for Bucketful of Brains magazine which would regularly come with a flexi-disc. Those were the days eh? I’d pour through the magazine looking for bands I might like whilst trying desperately to get the record player to play the flexi. On more than one occasion the Chemistry Set were the band on the disc and it seems really weird that I’m again listening to them in what we are told is 2016.
They are a long running ambitious psychedelic band from London who have tootled away without letting a lack of international recognition stop them. Kind of like a the Dentists who kept going. Opener ’The Splendour of the Universe’ throws in everything including the kitchen sink including Teardrop Explodes horns, a pumping chorus and that most psychedelic of things a backwards guitar solo. It all makes me rather exhausted. ’The Fountains of Neptune’ too is a blasting pop song with lots of psychedelic effects but it leads to the conclusion that the Chemistry Set have everything in place apart from one thing - their songs are quite regular Joe. But just when I’m about to bemoan a lack of interesting structures comes ’Time to Breathe’ which finally injects some Syd Barrett’s weirdness into proceedings which I felt otherwise were just a little staid for my tastes. Throughout it’s the odder tracks that are catching my ear more but that’s probably because I am in fact odd. The Chemistry Set write old fashioned rollicking numbers that will appeal to fans of Traffic, the Coral, Kula Shaker, Robyn Hitchock.
Somebody send Noel Gallagher a copy and make 'em a bit more famous.
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