The Chemistry Set: The Endless More And More

A clash of 60s and 80s psychedelia.

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With a history that stretches back to 1987, The Chemistry Set have wide experience, and an even more expansive collection of influences.

From The Move and The Beatles to Dream Syndicate and Thee Hypnotics, they dabble in areas of late 60s quirkiness plus the density of the two subsequent decades. The combination can be exotic (The Fountains Of Neptune), or eccentric (certainly the case on Crawling Back To You), or deftly melodic, as on The Splendour Of The Universe and Come Kiss Me Vibrate And Smile. But throughout there’s the joyous vibe of a band who really care about their art, but are also relaxed enough to have fun. At times, they seem to lose a little perspective. For instance, International Rescue comes over as too much of a combination of The Beatles’ I Feel Fine and Day Tripper, while Albert Hoffman tries overly hard to be a musical acid trip. But even there, they get away with such things because of a genuine exuberance and dedication. The Endless More And More represents what can be achieved when you take a genre such as psychedelia, which you’d think had been rinsed dry by now, yet approach it with an expertise and passion.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.