It's hard to believe that local rock band Cashew Chemists initially entered the music scene in 2005 as a heavy metal act. But the love of classic pop-rock bands like The Beatles proved too strong and the band now favors strong melodies and sharp guitars in lieu of former head-banging antics.
Consisting of close friends, Yuji Kumagi (Vocals), Brian Chia ( lead guitars, backing vocals), Canaan Phoneko (guitars), Elliot Sng (bass), Zachary Chia (drums), Cashew Chemists share a passion to bring their music as far as it can go.
“The toppermost of the poppermost, if possible!” says Cashew Chemists.
Cashew Chemists - Winter Sun Acuoustic (Filmed & Edited by Juffrie)
The band was christened after Cashew Road where three out of five members stay. Most of the band's composing and recording is also done there.
The distinctive sound of Cashew Chemists can be traced back to 90's alternative rock band The Strokes, Indie-rock band Foals, and Little Joy, all of which were cited as the band's main musical influences.
"They're what the Strokes might have sounded like if they traded their New York hipster club-prowling swagger for a Singapore kopitiam seat-hunting gait...some serious potential lurking in there!" says Daniel Sassoon, judge at the 2009-2010 Baybeats festival, former lead guitarist of Livonia and Electrico.
Noise Singapore mentor and Oddfellows frontman Patrick Chng, adds, "They've got a bag full of strong tunes with an old school vibe about them that's refreshing and youthful."
“ The toppermost of the poppermost, if possible! ”
Most of the songs, like 'What She Said', ' Road Trip' and the recently released demo ' Winter Sun' saunter jauntily along, exuding a rakish, careless appeal- perfect for tiding you through lazy summer days. Frontman Timothy Yau croons in a Julian Casablancas-esque slur that's hard to resist. Together with the driving riffs and melodies, the band's classic sounding, feel-good tunes are deliciously infectious.
Currently, Cashew Chemists is in the midst of demoing songs for its debut release. The band is also hard at work honing its live act which it hopes to “ unleash on an unsuspecting public very soon”.