The Qemists are, in many ways, something of a Qonundrum. They’re rock kids seduced by the dancefloor, dance kids equally happy playing live instruments or building tracks on the computer, drum & bass aficionados who believe their hurtling breakbeats sound best under big muscular metallic guitar riffs.
On paper, such a sound clash seems like a train wreck in the making. However, pumped as loud as your speakers will allow, or booming through the PA at one of their live shows, The Qemists make glorious sense. Their fearless genre-mashing has already garnered them a sizeable following across the globe, scoring a previous number one album in Japan and playing to audiences of over half a million people in Poland.
The New Album “Warrior Sound” has seen the band grow from three to five members, but The Qemists also continue to broaden their sound by teaming up with a diverse range of artists, including Hacktivist on the brilliant up-tempo anthem Jungle. The album also features collaborations with Japanese metallers, Crossfaith, whose singer Kenta Koie features on Anger and UK grime MC Ghetts on No Respect.
Now a band of five brothers – Dan Arnold, Bruno Balanta, Liam Black, Leon Harris and Olly Simmons, The Qemists are a real live tour de force. Proof of this has been seen on recent tours with Korn and Enter Shikari & Crossfaith and one off shows with the likes of Skindred, and stand-out festival performances at Download, Breakout and Butserfest.
The band are now primed and ready to unleash their latest album, Warrior Sound, which binds their respective influences & styles together naturally into one progressively cohesive and solid sound. In short, The Qemists have finally arrived.
What you don't pack is as important as what you take to the festival with you! In the 10th and last instalment of Jurek Owsiak's advice for the revellers.
A couple of helpful hints for those travelling to Woodstock Festival Poland by car. Remember that the festival and the Malinowski Field campsite is free!
Let's all go green - not with envy! Remember that we are just guests of the beautiful Lubusz Province and we are guests of mother earth - let's be polite guests and let's leave the area around us clean and tidy.