The Chem­i­Cal BroTh­ers

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - YALLA! -

Mak­ing their UAE de­but at the first of the Yasalam Af­ter Race Con­certs, dance mu­sic vet­er­ans Tom Row­lands and Ed Si­mons are fa­mous for be­ing the pi­o­neers of the Bri­tish big beat sound of the mid1990s, but they re­main just as rel­e­vant to­day. They played the Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val last year and re­leased their eighth stu­dio al­bum at the back of 2015.

Along the way they they’ve topped the UK sin­gles chart twice, seen six of their al­bums go to No1 in the UK charts, and walked away with one Brit Award (for best Dance Act in 2000), four Gram­mies and four MTV awards. Not bad for two lads who met at Manch­ester Univer­sity way back in 1989.

In 1995, they re­leased their de­but al­bum Exit Planet Dust, a record that sounds box fresh even to­day (the Chem­i­cals are in fact re-re­leas­ing their en­tire back cat­a­logue on vinyl in De­cem­ber of this year). And while they’ve taken time off in re­cent years to pur­sue per­sonal projects, they’re both per­form­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, and Si­mons is quick to point out that their 20-plus years ca­reer has lasted longer than many mar­riages.

“When two peo­ple are ex­cited over some­thing it re­ally drives the mo­men­tum for­ward. Both of us at the stu­dio feel­ing some­thing at the same time and think­ing, this is why we’re do­ing this,” he says. “It’s that shared love of mu­sic and friend­ship, which is the se­cret to why we’re still do­ing stuff to­gether. We’re good friends, we make each other laugh and we have fun.”

As the years have passed, the Chem­i­cals have also proven they’ve not a one-trick pony. Beck The in­die/folk star col­lab­o­rated on the 2015 track Wide Open. lorde Kiwi singer Lorde recorded a tune with them for The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 1. Noel Gal­lagher Liam’s big brother and for­mer Oa­sis song­writer Noel recorded two tracks with the They’re scored the sound­tracks to sev­eral movies, in­clud­ing Hanna, a 2011 thriller star­ring Cate Blanchet, and Michael Fass­ben­der’s lat­est, Bri­tish crime drama Tress­pass Against Us.

But the pub­lic’s de­sire to dance to those elec­tronic hits such as Block Rockin’ Beats means their Abu Dhabi gig isn’t a one-off – they’ve got a UK tour lined up to fin­ish off 2016, and they’re just as pas­sion­ate about dance mu­sic now as they were in the ’90s. “We’re still in­spired by the elec­tronic mu­sic be­ing made but I can’t say, ‘This is what’s tak­ing over the world.’ We’re just tak­ing in­ter­est­ing things that we’re hear­ing ev­ery­where and feed­ing them into tracks,” adds Row­lands. “This sum­mer there were a lot of good records out, like the new The Avalanches record, the Fac­tory Floor al­bum or the new Bon Iver al­bum.” Chem­i­cals in the 1990s – Let For­ever Be and Set­ting Sun. Tim Burgess You can see The Char­la­tans front­man at What’s On’s Party In The Park this month. He’s also col­lab­o­rated with Ed and Tom twice, on 1995’s Life Is Sweet and 2005’s The Boxer.

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