UK Band The Alchemy Signs with Standby Records
Written by Squirrel on 8th July 2019
UK Band The Alchemy Signs with Standby Records, Releases New Single “Intertwined” Off Upcoming ‘Chemical Daydream’ Out November 8
The Alchemy, a thrilling new British rock band, have signed with Standby Records.
A new single titled “Intertwined” off their upcoming debut full-length ‘Chemical Daydream’ (out Nov. 8) is now streaming everywhere:
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Crafting catchy and anthemic songs from a subconscious blend of the Rock, Indie and Electronic musical landscape they grew up in, the Canterbury-based quartet formed in 2015 and released their debut EP in April 2016.
‘Modern Age‘ was well received by UK Independent press and radio and laid the foundation for the band’s sound: heavy riﬀs intertwined with undeniable choruses provided by the rare talent of vocalist Rhys Taylor.
The videos for “Modern Age” and follow up single “Black Hole Passenger” were both playlisted on Scuzz TV, while an unreleased 3rd track, “Save Me From Myself” has racked up over 100,000 plays on YouTube.
The EP’s title track received multiple plays from Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio who spoke highly of the band and enthused about the EP: “It ﬂoored me with the tenderness of Lonely The Brave and the balls of Lower Than Atlantis.”
“Modern Age” was also Track of the Week on BBC Introducing, and was playlisted on Planet Rock’s New Rock show for April 2016.
The Punk Archive called the EP “modern pop- rock at its ﬁnest”, New Roots magazine giving it 8/10, declaring it as “built for stadiums and arenas,” while Fireworks Magazine labelled The Alchemy “one of the best new bands to come out of 2016.”
With the EP being so well received, the band – self-managed, with no label or booking agent – hit the UK live circuit and toured relentlessly over the next year playing a huge number of small club shows and support slots, forging a tight, powerful live set yet with all the honesty and rawness you’d hope for in a young band.
Support slots with UK compatriots Mallory Knox, London-based Kiwi rockers I Am Giant and celebrated German alt-prog band The Intersphere showed that The Alchemy could more than hold their own on the larger stages and in front of the increased crowds provided by those opportunities.
During a particularly rapturous performance with I Am Giant at the Camden Assembly in 2016, the band caught the eye and ear of I Am Giant bassist Paul Matthews. A London-based producer with a string of gold and platinum selling records in New Zealand to his credit, Matthews saw something special in The Alchemy.
“The band was just awesome,” he recalls. “Talented musicians and the lead singer Rhys has an excellent, unique voice. I saw so much potential – I just had to work with these guys!”
After reﬁning more than 30 song sketches, recording began in May 2017 with Matthews at the helm as Producer/Engineer. Recording took place in The Alchemy’s own studio in Canterbury which the band had kitted out with a little help from a family member with a history in the UK rock scene. Vocalist Rhys Taylor recalls: “I remember I was 16 years old and I asked my Uncle who owned a recording studio and was tour managing bands like Klaxons and Eagles of Death Metal if he had any advice for me on the music industry. And he just said “Don’t Bother.”
Taylor didn’t listen, of course. He just kept writing and playing, and once his uncle heard “Modern Age,” he changed his tune considerably.
“I think he realised how much passion we had for our music and he gave us a load of studio gear that we used to equip our own studio.”
Fast forward to September 2018 and after a short trip to Berlin to mix and master the record, and The Alchemy have their ﬁrst full length album titled ‘Chemical Daydream’ ﬁnished and ready to go.
Guitarist Luke Welch reﬂects on its creation: ‘‘Playing with some great other bands all around the country gave us the chance to up our game. And working with an experienced team like Paul and Sebastian Braunreuther in Berlin, along with having our own studio has meant we’ve managed to realise our creative vision and we couldn’t be happier with how this record has turned out.”
With Chemical Daydream’s rich, melodic tapestry of intricate instrumentation and hard-hitting songs, Taylors huge and unique vocal performance, The Alchemy have found a way to seamlessly weave their eclectic inﬂuences into an electrifying sneak peek at UK rock to come.