New Jersey rockers MODERN CHEMISTRY have re-emerged in a big way with the announcement of their debut LP Everything In Gold and the Substream premiere of the title track’s video. Everything In Gold was produced by Paul Levitt (Have Mercy, The Dangerous Summer) and will be self-released on July 7, 2017. Pre-orders are available here. The band will be having a record release show for Everything In Gold on July 8 at House of Independents, then touring with Taking Back Sunday and Every Time I Die from July 14-August 1.
Substream calls the title track “a slow-building tune that opens the debut album perfectly” with its soft, ambient atmosphere and calm vocals eventually exploding into a massive explosion of emotive vocals and a rollicking wall of sound. Lead vocalist/guitarist Joe Zorzi said of the video: “We wanted the video to feel like a fever dream. We wanted to focus mainly on visuals that provoked a certain feeling rather than a specific story. The feeling of starting over and letting go of whatever holds you back.”
Everything In Gold is a record that takes the emotionally-infused rock that the band has been known for and brings it to a more dynamic, expansive place reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra or Kings of Leon. From the desperation of “Pretty Death” to the delicate vulnerability of the twinkling “Tripping Over You” to the smooth, swaying “St. Rain,” there is a vast array of moods, melodies, and textures applied throughout the album. From the opening title track’s tranquil chords to the throaty rage that fades to a calm of closing track “Tradewinds,” there is a sense of controlled chaos that makes this record a layered experience.
Zorzi elaborated on the band’s approach and process to the record:
“We spent a lot of time crafting these songs. We always worked hard during the writing process, but with the end goal of a full-length album in mind, it felt like we needed something that was cohesive. We wanted to explore all the different aspects of our sound but make sure it all felt like a step in a new direction. This record’s all about taking a step back to look at all of your past mistakes, all of your regrets, and all of your accomplishments. Realizing that no matter what you’re dealing with, there’s a way to become better from it. We feel extremely lucky to be doing what we’re doing. To play songs we care about to audiences all around the country is about as cool as it gets. We just can’t wait to get back out there and play these new songs to both new and familiar faces.”
The amount of hard work and heartfelt artistry that Modern Chemistry put into their debut album has been a defining character trait for the band throughout their career. Since forming in 2012, they’ve independently released three EPs, including 2016’s Dreaming Adjacent, produced by Adam Lazarra of Taking Back Sunday. Lazarra praised the band’s passion, saying “they work so hard and treated every decision, no matter how small, with a lot of thought and great care. I’m very proud that they were gracious enough to let me into the process.” Their releases have earned them rave reviews, two cover features in their local weekly The Aquarian, and built them a budding audience.
They also have earned their stripes on the road, touring with Frank Iero And The Patience in 2015 and playing major festivals like SXSW, South By So What, Gentlemen of the Road, and Chicago’s Riot Fest. This past fall amidst mixing Everything In Gold, they played a sold out club tour with Mayday Parade and just last month they played Ohio’s Spring Fling festival.
Modern Chemistry will be supporting Everything In Gold on tour this summer with Taking Back Sunday and Every Time I Die.
Modern Chemistry is Joe Zorzi (lead vocals/guitar), Brendan Hourican (guitar/backing vocals), Jesse Slachman (drums/backing vocals).
Album Release Show
Jul 8 House of Independents Asbury Park, NJ
Tour with Taking Back Sunday and Every Time I Die
Jul 14 Webster Hall New York, NY
Jul 15 Webster Hall New York, NY
Jul 16 House of Blues Boston, MA
Jul 19 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Jul 20 House of Blues Orlando, FL
Jul 21 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL
Jul 22 Mavericks Jacksonville, FL
Jul 24 Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Jul 25 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
Jul 26 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Jul 27 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool Las Vegas, NV
Jul 28 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
Jul 29 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Jul 31 The Catalyst Club Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 01 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA