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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Time:4:29 pm.

We have new music for you: we've just uploaded a track from our forthcoming album to our myspace. It's called Channel Light Vessel Automatic and we're super pleased with it! Go have a listen at http://myspace.com/thechemistryexperiment

We've also got some christmas cover parties coming up:

Dec 16th, The Buffalo Bar, Islington, London

Dec 23rd, The Maze, Nottingham

It's gonna be great fun so come along if you can.
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Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Subject:Blimmin' heck.
Time:3:01 pm.
Cor blimey, we've not updated this thing for a while. Well, just on the off-chance that anyone reads this, then we've got a couple of gigs coming up that you might like to go to.

at the Fortuna Pop! Fest
w/ The Butterflies of Love, Comet Gain and Finlay
The Luminaire, London

w/ The Butterflies of Love
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham


-The Chemistry Experiment
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Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Time:8:27 pm.
We've confirmed two gigs in Nottingham in very quick sucession, so there are no excuses. If you can't go to one, go to the other. Besides which, we and the other bands playing are so fantastically wonderful that you should really go to both.

APRIL 14th
Thomas Truax
The Chemistry Experiment
The Grave Architects

APRIL 19th
Cannonball Jane
The Chemistry Experiment
Radiator Experts (TBC?)

Check back soon for some incredibly exciting London news.
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Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Subject:More gigs! Will they ever stop?
Time:2:17 pm.
The Chemistry Experiment will be playing more gigs in the near future. They doth be:

Thursday 24th November
with The Sequins, Soul Weighs Three Quarters
@ Tin Angel, Coventry

Saturday 26th November
with Michaelmas, Wintergreen, Evil Speakers
plus Fortuna Pop! DJs or some such nonsense
@ The Pleasure Unit, Bethnal Green

Prithee, come along and there wilt be much merrymaking and carousing.

Also on Saturday 26th November, between 12noon and 1.30pm, we will be doing a live session for Resonance 104.4 FM. Tune into, uh 104.4 FM, obviously, or listen to us play badly online at www.resonancefm.com
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Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Time:4:52 pm.
Yet more gigs coming up, aren't we working hard?

Saturday, 1st October: London
Free RoTa show at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Doors 4-8pm.
With Fred Astereo + Pete & the Pirates

Thursday, 13th October: Nottingham
Sandman Magazine presents: Meet the Neighbours at Junktion 7
With Champion Kickboxer, St Joan, Neutron Stars

Sunday, 16th October: Leicester
The First International Horsefair festival at the The Firefly

Also featuring:

Thomas Truax
Kevin Hewick
MJ Hibbett and The Validators
Curtis Eller
Shane Quentin

The Chemistry Experiment will be playing at approx 4pm.

Friday, 11th November: Lancaster
At The Farmers Arms, with Persil and Das Wanderlust
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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Time:9:42 am.
More gigs coming up:

Friday, 19th August: The Social, Nottingham with Hello Cuca, Retro Spankees
Tuesday, 23rd August: The Social, Nottingham with Puerto Muerto
Thursday, 25th August: The Vine, Leeds
Sunday, 28th August: Satan's Hollow, Manchester with Misty's Big Adventure, Nursing Home
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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Time:1:14 pm.
I think I will send him "Thoughts on Gravity":

Hi there.

Urban Freeflow (www.urbanfreeflow.com) is currently producing two
independent films to be released on DVD in the next 12 months.
Promoting the art of freestyle parkour, these two films are seeking a
soundtrack that is as inspirational as the visuals it is currently

Parkour is an rapidly emerging extreme sport, as seen in Channel 4's
'Jump London' and 'Jump Britain' documentaries. It is the art of moving
fluidly and efficiently through your environment, using a combination of
jumps and vaults. The added freestyle element allows expression and
embellishment to be added to those movements.

Urban Freeflow is the largest parkour website with a global following,
receiving 200,000 hits per day. We are currently producing a tutorial
DVD for newcomers to the sport, and a documentary tracking the dramatic
growth of parkour over the last 2 years.

We are searching for original compositions from a wide and diverse range
of genres. As an independent film, our budget is inevitably limited.
Whilst we cannot afford to pay, this would be an opportunity to have
your music promoted and fully credited, as well as being heavily
associated with an emerging extreme sport that is currently at the
cutting edge of popular culture.

Any compositions must be 100% original and the artist/label must have
full ownership of both performance and publishing rights.

If you would be interested in submitting music, please send cd's (audio
or mp3 data) to:

Soundtrack Submissions

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Andy, Urban Freeflow.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Subject:Album player
Time:7:26 pm.
You can now listen to "The Melancholy Death of The Chemistry Experiment" online - just click the link below and then follow the link under "Listen":


- Steven J. Kirk
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Friday, June 17th, 2005

Time:3:22 pm.
For anyone who, like me thinks UK ID cards are a terrible and evil idea on almost every level, can I point you to this:


£10 will be a small price compared the the god-knows-what you'd be having to pay for a compulsory ID card. This thing must be stopped.

"I will refuse to register for an ID card and will donate £10 to a legal defence fund but only if 10,000 other people will also make this same pledge."

— Phil Booth, NO2ID National Coordinator

Deadline: 9th October 2005.
3,470 people have signed up, 6530 more needed

More details
Say NO to ID cards and the database state!

Polls have shown for some time that 3 - 4 million people across the UK strongly oppose the Government's plans to introduce ID cards and a National Identity Register. Were this many of us refuse to cooperate then the scheme would be doomed to failure.

If the Government do manage to force through the ID cards legislation, this pledge will not only demonstrate the level of solidarity amongst opponents of the scheme - it will form the basis of a fighting fund* and support network for all those who refuse to comply.

NO2ID continues to campaign against the introduction of ID cards and the National Identity Register on all fronts, for more information on what you can do NOW, please visit www.no2id.net

*all monies pledged will be held in trust for use in defending those individuals who are prosecuted for resisting registration.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Time:11:58 am.
This is the SECOND time that the cigarette-smoking on our album has been misattributed to Steven J. Kirk. I would just like to state for the record that it was ME. We tried recording Steve but he sounded like an asthmatic weasel, whereas my deftness of match-lighting and dulcet poisoning of myself was sublime. Of course.

(Good review, tho'.)

-miss e kawasaki-
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Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Time:1:08 pm.
An old video here if Charles Aznavour Song in front of a PACKED (ha) audience at Abbey Road Festival in Leicester. When was this from? 2000?


- Steven J. Kirk
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Subject:Tour pictures...
Time:4:12 pm.
Okay, this may not work, but I've put some pictures up on Flickr, and will attempt to transport them here, with oh so wonderful commentary.

Fit the first:

Tha Bearsuitz rock Northampton

-miss e kawasaki-
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Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Subject:I'm covered in bears!
Time:12:32 pm.

So we're back from that there touring with Bearsuit and the Retro Spankees, and we're, uh, fucking knackered. Still, it was ace (and I wish we didn't have to come back to real life mode) - Bearsuit's new stuff is astounding (and they managed to be quite rock and roll sometimes, when they weren't going to bed early, ahem hem), the Retro Spankees completely confounded their apalling moniker by being AWESOME, I'm building a courtyard for my tabernacle and then going off to score some skaggis.


-miss e kawasaki-
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Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Time:6:45 pm.
Some more gigs, they look like this right now:

Fri Apr 29 - London, Buffalo Bar (with The Projects)
Wed May 04 - Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club (with Damo Suzuki)
Wed May 11 - Nottingham, The Social (with Martin Grech)
Thu May 12 - Northampton, The Picturedome (with Bearsuit)
Fri May 13 - Edinburgh, The Swamp Bar (with Bearsuit)
Sat May 14 - Glasgow, The Woodside Social Club (with Bearsuit)
Mon May 16 - Stockton Upon Tees, The Georgian Theatre (with Bearsuit)
Tue May 17 - Leicester, The Attik
Wed May 18 - London, The Metro (with Bearsuit)
Fri May 20 - Maidenhead (with Exmaark)
Sat May 21 - Reading, The Rising Sun Arts Centre (with Bearsuit)

The first review of the album I've seen, from In Love With These Times, In Spite Of These Times:

...Actually, if you are missing Cinerama's sweeping arrangements, one option might be the Chemistry Experiment's full-length debut, "Melancholy Death". Expectations are a funny thing: for some reason I was priming myself for something home-made, ramshackle and quirky, but in fact the album is a full-blown, much more ambitious selection of torch songs, and yes its string and flute arrangements often recall some of Cinerama's. At its barest and most pared down, this suite of songs resembles Harvey Williams' gentle "Rebellion" set, or the harmony obsessions of Allen Clapp - but more usually it inhabits recognisably Pulpesque territory (although the singer's cocksure Cockerisms may be an acquired taste), with the odd hint of Lovejoy or Beaumont at their most lounge-lizardly thrown in for good measure. And "What Are We Good For" even seems to owe a hint of hommage to the Scissor Sisters - the band aren't shy of slipping in electro-disco where the mood takes. Considering the shoestring budget I assume this was assembled on - much of it was recorded at home, by all accounts - "Melancholy Death" is gently orchestral, innately knowing, and surprisingly grand.

Also, some journalist type is trying to sell a copy of on Ebay. It's at a penny right now:


PS. Joe Butler if you're reading this, can you get in touch -- we've lost your number.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Time:8:13 pm.
Last July I decided I needed a guitar amp specifically for recording, rather than dragging my practice amp backwards and forwards between home and our practise space. Mainly, it had to be small, i.e. quiet, as recording at home, volume is more of a disadvantage than an advantage. After looking around on the net, I decided on a Fender Pro Junior, not least because of Nels Cline's love for them. Perfect - small (10 watts,) no reverb (again, not particularly useful for recording,) valves, reasonably priced (250 quid). Looking around on Ebay they seemed to be selling second had for close to the price of a new amp so I decided I may as well buy one new -- less hassle I figured.

I placed an order with gak.co.uk as they were the cheapest I could find. Three days later I was informed it was going to be a month and a half before I recieved it, no indication that they didn't have them in stock when I placed the order. Fuck that I thought, I'll cancel. Sent them an email and forgot about it. Two weeks later, after looking around a few places and finding nobody who actually had any in stock, I'd not heard anything from GAK. Bad customer service I figured, but I've come this far, might as well wait.

A month and a half later, I recieved the amp. I'd finished any recording I needed it for, so I plugged it in -- seemed to work -- and left it for a time I needed it. That time came last December; switched on the amp and after a few minutes christ did it distort, even with the volume down at 1. Looked in the back and one of the valves was glowing bright red, far too hot. I ordered a new set of valves. They arrived a few days later but didn't solve the problem so I organised with GAK to send it back, as it was still under warranty.

Due to my laziness and lack of urgent need (again!) for the amp, I only got round to sending it back last month. Returned to me within 1 week with the following note:

Replaced faulty valve.
Fixed dry joints on PCB.
Tested OK.

So there was the problem! Fender don't bother to test for dry joints before they send an amp out to a customer. Also, after reading around on the internet, you need to take out the top-middle screw on the backplate, otherwise it buzzes like fuck. This isn't just a problem with mine, it's a design fault in all of them. At this point you have to wonder how Fender got anywhere without actually testing ANYTHING.

Moral: just buy things from Ebay, it's easier, they've been through all this for you and you might save 50 quid.

Anyway, I now have the working thing and it sounds great. Only problem is, it's LOUD. I put it next to an old 60w solid-state amp I have here, and the Pro-Junior is far louder, though it starts to distort earlier (and the distortion sounds niiiice, though I'm not sure my neighbours will be able to put up with the volume for long at that level.)

Now I just have to learn to play the fecking guitar.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Subject:Confirmed gigs...
Time:4:03 pm.
So we have some gigs coming up if anyone wants to come along. They are these:

(EDIT: Here's the latest)

Sun March 20 - Sheffield, The Grapes (with Milky Wimpshake)
Tue March 29 - Cambridge, The Portland Arms (with The Organ)
Wed May 04 - Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club (with Damo Suzuki)
Thu May 12 - Northampton, The Picturedome (with Bearsuit)
Fri May 13 - Edinburgh, The Swamp Bar (with Bearsuit)
Sat May 14 - Glasgow, The Woodside Social Club (with Bearsuit)
Sun May 15 - Newcastle, The Cumberland Arms, tbc (with Bearsuit)
Mon May 16 - Stockton Upon Tees, The Georgian Theatre (with Bearsuit)
Wed May 18 - London, The Metro (with Bearsuit)
Fri May 20 - Maidenhead, tbc
Sat May 21 - Reading, The Rising Sun Arts Centre (with Bearsuit)

If any other band people want to correct me/put these up on the news page, then please do so.

-miss e kawasaki-
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Monday, January 10th, 2005

Time:12:59 am.
This journal hasn't been updated in far too long. But we should have plenty of news soon: "The Melancholy Death of the Chemistry Experiment" is going to be released sometime around March or April.

In the meantime, I thought I'd compile the obligitory best of 2004 list:

Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Bjork - Medulla
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Bonny "Prince" Billy - Sings Greatest Palace Music
Brian Wilson - Smile
Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
The Futureheads - The Futureheads
Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose

Looking at that list, it strikes me that I've not listened to half of them anywhere near as much as I should have, and I've listened to the other half far too much.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Time:3:22 pm.
Fuck you, America. Really, fuck you*. I am so pissed off right now.

* Apologies to the non-cunty americans who voted for kerry.
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Time:6:14 pm.
RIP John. Not sure there's much else I can say.

- Steven J. Kirk
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Monday, October 4th, 2004

Time:2:12 pm.
Here are some of the ideas for sleeves we've had so far. We're completely undecided as a group on which to use, though obviously we each have our own favourites, so we're looking for your comments to help us decide. Clicking on a thumbnail below will bring up a bigger version.

credit goes to lonna for 'spiders' and to zojirushi for 'retiring day'.

Band - if there are any I've missed out that you'd like including, please feel free to update yourself, or tell me to if you can't.

- Steven J. Kirk
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