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.
As our Monday tradition dictates, we have the fresh listing of our Golden Spinning Top award. The winning bands are invited to play at Woodstock Festival Poland in the following year.
Another week, another listing in the Golden Spinning Top competition. It is a contest where you, the audience, can decide who gave the best performance at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016 and award them with your vote of confidence.
Our first CD releases saw the light of day 20 years ago, in 1996. It was the time when audio cassettes were still in vogue. Who even remembers how to play them today?