Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Modern Chemistry

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Modern Chemistry and discussed their up and coming tour and what’s wrong with rock & roll today. You can check them out on the Indie Rock station at Ourtunez.com

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If you gander at Modern Chemistry’s Facebook page their interests include, “beer, music, whiskey, group biking, hanging out in lawn chairs,” so right off the back you know these guys don’t play around. Coming from the East coast, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to be precise, these up and comers are getting ready to hit the road for their first big tour and I had a nice little chat with Joe Zorzi, Vocals and rhythm guitar for the band about the past, present, and the future of Rock & Roll. 

Modern Chemistry came up with their name as a last ditch effort for a flyer for an up and coming gig. Rummaging around, scrambling nights before the show, they landed on Modern Chemistry as a way people interact with each other on a daily basis. “I like to think of it as chemistry between people, as opposed to the science class you have to take in high school. Everyone seemed to like it so we just went with it. Except Jesse, we didn’t even tell him,” Zorzi told me.

For some bands, heading into the studio and knocking out an album is the best way to start their introduction to the world, but for Modern Chemistry, homie don’t play that. They decided to just start playing music at local venues to get their name around and record a couple of songs so they had some street cred behind them. As their name grew, they started playing with other local acts and started hanging with this circle of musicians, playing shows through out the city together. “Then we just played the shit out of New Brunswick and surrounding areas. We’ll be on our first tour this January actually so we’ll let you know how that goes. But yeah, I think playing as many shows as possible is the most important,” Zorzi explained.


Nowadays you have some artists who pick up a guitar and think they’re going to be the next Jimmy Page or Keith Richards, like some sorta weird hocus pocus, but for the good of all rock gods, Zorzi thinks that bands need to stop looking at the their predecessors,“You’ve got bands still trying to relive the past which I think is basically the worst.” Not only that, he believes that some bands need to stick to their guns, “Then you’ve got bands who are really trying to get into the electronic stuff. And that sometimes works really well, but other times it’s horrible. But somewhere in between there’s some really awesome rock bands out there right now doing cool shit.”

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