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.”