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Psychedelic Mancs The Chemistry Set return!

December 7, 2010 by  

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Psychedelic Mancs The Chemistry Set return!

The Chemistry Set ‘This Day Will Never Happen Again’
Album release out now on digital & physical February 21st 2011 through Hypnote

Psychedelic-Pop band The Chemistry Set are veterans of the Imaginary label (Chameleons, Cud, plus countless sixties tribute albums), they helped pioneer the late 80’s neo-psychedelic boom. Counting Factory Records & Hacienda boss Tony Wilson amongst their fans, The Chemistry Set reached the Indie Top 20 as they were featured in both UK mainstream and underground music press. Receiving regular airplay on the legendary John Peel’s show (Peel even went so far as to sending the band a hand-written fan letter!), they also toured globally and held a deep fondness for Spain, making lifelong friends there. The band split in 1991, took a bit of a hiatus, remaining silent… until The Chemistry Set “MACH II” remarkably reappeared in 2008! Their return came about when their unreleased LP from 1989 “Sounds Like Painting” somehow was uploaded onto numerous blogs and was downloaded over 10,000 times.

Arranger/songwriter (and former Electric Prunes member) David Axelrod loved how The Chemistry Set added a symphonic section of his song “Sanctus” from The Electric Prunes’ masterwork “Mass in F Minor” into their new reworking of Del Shannon’s “Silver Birch” on the new album “This Day Will Never Happen Again”. Originally found on Shannon’s “The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover”, his cult 1968 LP widely acknowledged by rock aficionados to be the pop milestone of his post-“Runaway”/pre-suicide era.

The Chemistry Set is also fondly remembered for also inserting a cover version inside another cover of Pink Floys’s “See Emily Play” (for the Syd Barrett tribute “Beyond the Wildwood” (Imaginary]) has the “Bicycle Rider” section of The Beach Boys then still unfinished “Smile” album inserted within the song. Their cover was singled out in glowing reviews of the tribute and was highly noted among all Floyd fans and critics everywhere.

The Chemistry Set – She’s Taking Me Down by Cannonball_PR

The Chemistry Set’s new line-up brings a whole new dimension both live and ‘on record’ which now includes their longtime friends from Spain, like DJ Gato, who, besides turntables, adds even more electronics than the Mellotrons and Farfisas that TCS fans are accustomed to. Using instruments and methods old and new, acoustic, electric and electronic together they were a huge surprise for many at several European festivals this year. This exquisite new album of songs flows together like a healing psychedelic journey of time and place ought to!



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