Weaving playful guitar driven melodies with chanting harmonised vocals, ‘Feminine Chemical’ presents a critique of toxic masculinity in order to embrace a more open and emotional culture, contemplating ways of injecting unapologetic sensitivity, kindness, play and imagination into daily life. Despite writing and recording the song earlier in the year, these themes feel far more relevant since the worldwide breakout of COVID-19 and subsequent isolation.
Armed with a plethora of psych-rock chords and a high dose of surf-twang, Fem Chem also brings a warm cloud of erratic sensibility. This journey has been visualised in an uncanny, yet fitting video clip, directed by Lily Cotter and Nick Cavendish, with help from James Caswell, who shot the band in their wonderful, hand-sewn outfits crafted by singers, Billie Star, Grace Cuell, and close friends.
Since their last successful UK visit in 2019, and a sold out national Australia tour with The Murlocs, (fronted by Ambrose Kenny Smith of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) Nice Biscuit went through a line-up change, and then went on hiatus while singer, Grace had surgery to repair a hole in her heart (congenital birth defect), from which she recovered beautifully. The band were just about to head out a national Australian tour when the first lockdown was announced, so they spent 2020 in a very productive writing bubble, and then staged their first Covid-safe seated shows in their hometown of Brisbane this September.
Whilst we wait to see Nice Biscuit’s multi-sensory, kaleidoscopic live experience in person as Lockdown 2 plays out, enjoy Fem Chem and await more new tunes from the Create Simulate EP over the next few months.