SULTRY SOUNDS


I want more," Chemical Ex singer/guitarist Maryam Haddad sings in a voice as slinky and seductive as a little black dress.

And she and her bandmates just might get it.

By turns dusky and buoyant, with an undercurrent of pulsating electronics, the alt-rock quartet has plenty of promise. Haddad breaks it down for us:

What does Chemical Ex sound like?

"We draw on many influences to create our sound, everything from Smashing Pumpkins to The Pretenders. Because of this, I don't think we really sound like any one thing. We're more like a sampler of everything we like to listen to mixed with our own personalities."

Some of your tunes are very sultry and seductive, the kind of songs that sound good at the end of the night. What do you like to end the evening with, musically?

"Playing a show for our fans is the ideal way to end a night, but if you're talking about what I'd be listening to I'd have to go with Depeche Mode. Their music is some of the most interesting and complex. I like thinking before I go to sleep. It helps me dream."

What are some of your favorite rainy day tunes?

"Radiohead, 'No Surprises'; Pulp, 'This is Hardcore'; The Smiths, 'Girlfriend in a Coma'; The Cure, '39'; Placebo, 'Peeping Tom.' "

Heartache and longing also figure prominently in some of your works. What are some of the best breakup songs?

"I don't really have 'favorite' breakup songs, but songs that have helped me through some emotional times before would be: U2, 'Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For'; The Killers, 'Smile Like You Mean It'; Coldplay, 'The Scientist'; and ... 'Total Eclipse of the Heart.' "

See Chemical Ex at 9 p.m. today at the Freakin' Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway. Call 597-9702.

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@review journal.com or 702-383-0476.

 

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