Band of the Day

2014.02.27

Kids and Chemicals

Midwestern siblings join forces with a beat-driven flurry of dark, turbulent electronics
The sun dropped down behind the oaks, we watched it as it fell. It glinted off the barn's tin roof, and darkness settled in.
lyrics from When The Tide Comes In

With an electronic style atypical of southwest Missouri, brother-sister duo of Elizabeth and Patrick Carney form Kids and Chemicals.

Drawing from a kaleidoscope of musical styles, Kids and Chemicals’ beat-driven tracks reference hip-hop, soul, IDM and jazz, but the result is unexpected: Patrick Carney’s production is dark and turbulent, and singer Elizabeth Carney possesses the voice to match. Whether howling through a flurry of hyper-edited pops and buzzes or harmonizing alongside vibrant synth melodies, her vocals are haunting and, at times, savage. The pair executes a distinctly memorable, high-energy stage presence that often features improvised editing and live visual effects. With the addition of drummer Blake Mixon, the music has taken on a new level of energy, making the live show second-to-none.

Kids and Chemicals formed in early 2010 and released their first self-titled record in 2011. The group has released a new EP, titled 'Pale Horse', on October 8th. “This album is only five tracks, but we spent more time and energy working on it than we did on our ten-track LP,” said producer Patrick Carney about Pale Horse. Carney went on to describe the new record’s inspiration: “We went through a few different concepts, but all the lyrics we settled on seemed to revolve around an apocalyptic theme, so the album became a sort of amalgam of our visions of the end of the world,” he said. “We're both kind of fascinated with all things eschatological, so it was a natural theme to explore for this album, although it’s not terribly dark. I don't think either of us see the apocalypse as a particularly dark subject, but simply an inevitability - it’s interesting to hypothesize the form it will take when it finally happens, and that’s what we tried to do with these tracks.”