Today, our new music spotlight is on 10 O’Clock Chemical.
Line-up: Rhys Oakes (vocals/keys/percussion), Jack Ellis (guitar), Josh Barker (bass/keys/vocals) and Danny Shaw (drums)
About: 10 O’Clock Chemical are comprised of songwriter, keyboardist and vocalist Rhys, drummer Danny, bassist Josh and guitarist Jack. The four of them met through Stoke-on-Trent’s local music scene, sharing a deep love for rock and electronica. In addition to the core lineup is a mysterious cyber entity called Zed, who carries administrative duties for the band and even makes the odd cameo appearance. With radio support from BBC Introducing Stoke, and the accolade ‘Best New Artist’ as voted by six hundred of their peers at the Staffordshire and Cheshire Music Awards in Spring 2017, their debut single ‘Babylon is Fallen‘ was released on February 23rd via the group’s own label GRITPOP. A still from the locally filmed video, made on a snowy January day, forms the single’s sleeve. Their follow-up will arrive in April ahead of their debut EP in June. Having had a string of festival appearances in 2017, including Lymelight and LeoFest, 10 O’Clock Chemical celebrated their debut single’s release with a headline show at The Exchange in Stoke-on-Trent on its release night and are now confirming more live shows.
What Hidden Herd say: 10 O’Clock Chemical make anthemic, neo 80s electro-rock – an infectious retrofuturistic fusion of Underworld, Kasabian and synthwave soundtracks like Drive and Stranger Things.
For fans of: Kavinsky, Kasabian, Underworld
Wednesday 11th April – Wolverhampton @ Cuban Exchange
Saturday 14th April – London @ The Finsbury
Latest track: ‘Babylon Is Fallen’