2014 has been a break neck speed year of prolific productivity for New Brunswick traditional emo-eschewers Modern Chemistry. A hell of a feat considering the thematics of their second EP Self Help Guide For Being Alone which would suggest they’d be curled up in a ball watching Netflix alone somewhere.
Instead we get the culmination of a rising rock force at the peak of their powers. The quartet of Joe Zorzi, Brendan Hourican, Matt Coccaro, and Jesse Slachman have crafted the earnest, cathartic clamor that transcends the taboo Emo categorization into something in the more post-hardcore range. But who really gives a shit about hemming and hawing over labels?
The bottom line here is that Modern Chemistry emerge as one of the more immediately relatable bands in the NJ scene translating frustration, loneliness, love lost nostalgia into soaring, searing rock constructions. Their eviscerating shuffle kicks off with “Why Do I?” which offers up their knack for crafting pop-rock choruses amid admissions of self doubt and desperation.
The mid-tempo burner “Wait, Stay” finds Modern Chemistry slamming their head against a wall finding an odd middle ground between early Coheed & Cambria and latter day The Gaslight Anthem. “Cling” and “Never Scared” turn the New Brunswick basement lights out inciting wall to wall mosh frenzy all building to the spacious ballad “Habits”.
So what do we walk away with here? Well, growing up, I didn’t give a solid fuck about Taking Back Sunday, who Modern Chemistry open for later this year, or any bands of the same ilk. That being said, there’s something about Modern Chemistry that to borrow the easiest of labels makes me feel like they’re the “real deal” aside from whatever other tags you’d want to throw at them.
I’m buying in and so should you, depressed or otherwise. Stream Modern Chemistry’s Self Help Guide For Being Alone EP and check out their upcoming tour dates below.
:: 9/13 | Bands & Brews Festival – Rahway, NJ
:: 9/26 | Pop-Break Anniversary Party @ Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
:: 9/27 | The Pulse – Berlin, MD