Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Chemical Smile

Chemical Smile
Chemical Smile say that they’re “a band with songs.” But what they left out is that they’re a band with ridiculously good songs. Their track Thanks For The Company has a fabulous groove and I promise you will be addicted. I especially like the last chorus when simple harmonies are carried over cryptic guitars, and vocals which completely hit home. The song is simply bangin’. The band took the time to speak to AMBY about a lot of things, but mainly Parmesan cheese. So check out our latest interview with Chemical Smile!

AMBY: How would you describe sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

CS: Like a Parmesan cheese. It’s always in the fridge, yet somehow it seems like you don’t even have it. It’s everything we’ve heard, like you’ve never heard it.

AMBY: Where did the name Chemical Smile come from?

CS: You think of one and it’s taken. You think of another, then it’s taken. You think of one more then it’s taken. You end up with a Chemical Smile, and it’s already taken.

AMBY: I have absolutely grown to love Thanks For The Company! What’s the track about?

CS: It’s obviously about whatever you perceive the track to be about, but for us it’s about drive-time radio.

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

CS: Release some new material, see how it fairs, if everybody hates it then we’ll continue to play as many shows until they’re forced to think we might be of some use on their spaghetti bolognese…

AMBY: Very recently you released a really neat, new track- Beach Hut Barnyard Silver Shivaree. Is there an EP in the works?

CS: Well, we’re giving away three free downloads in three months to kick the year off, Beach Hut being the first. Not what we’d call an E.P but you can expect new tunes in abundance.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

CS: An unusually healthy mix of Ty Segall, Television, Tame Impala and TOY. The Smiths, Silver Apples. The Sonics, The Stooges… … … … and NEU!

AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?

CS: David Brent, Mark E Smith and Blixa Bargeld. I don’t know what they would talk about, most likely the weather. Or the lack of the parmesan cheese with their mains…

AMBY: Change is unavoidable, what is the one thing about you that will never change?

CS: Our collective love [hate] of the beautiful [wretched] art of music […?].

AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?

CS: Well according to the NME it’s Palma Violets… but it isn’t. It’s Schnitzel Boogie by Ariel Pink.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Chemical Smile that nobody knows yet?

CS: We actually have a lot more songs that we’d really love to show you, despite our misgivings…


You can have a listen to Thanks For The Company below, and of course, thank you very much Chemical Smile, for giving me your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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