REVIEW | THE CHEMIST – SPRAY PAINT OR PRAISE
Perth band THE CHEMIST have released ‘Spray Paint or Praise’, the first single from their upcoming
record. The song has a mellow, husky vibe and sits just right no matter what mood the listener is in. ‘Spray Paint or Praise’ is held together with heavy bass and light percussion, which keep the song rolling along as the guitar and keys work together to create a strong, emotive soundscape for the
vocals to roll on over. Throughout the song, the vocals capture the listener’s attention by weaving an engaging narrative, in verses and in chorus. The band has created a build to the final chorus – the song begins with a verse that lightly hints at the chorus before flowing into another verse. This time, instead of a
chorus, the song breaks out into a flowing bridge followed by a cutting electric guitar solo. Once again from here, the song builds back up into the verse, eventually leading into the chorus breakout we’ve been waiting for. “I just don’t feel a thing!” repeats over increasingly chaotic instrumental backing, exploding into a dramatic end. Their clever composition skills and inventive instrumental work make THE CHEMIST’s newest single a
truly engaging and enjoyable listen that wouldn’t be out of place in a killer action movie.
By Ellen Hartwig