‘Chemicals’ presents a new direction for Firesites. Centred around its signature synth hook, the track creates a dreamy soundscape with a soothing atmosphere. Waterworth’s understated vocals and warbly guitars bring a melancholic undercurrent to the verses, whilst a groovy bassline and unapologetically catchy melody permeate the chorus. Lyrically, the song touches upon themes of consumerism and escapism.
Explaining the track’s background, Tom said:
“At the time I wrote ‘Chemicals’ I was getting very fed up with being drip fed different bits of media – music and film and TV – and so much of it is just crap honestly. It’s amazing to me that so many millions and billions of dollars are put into these productions of TV and music that are just absolutely soulless nonsense, and the song is kind just the process of me finding my own niche in that at the same time as trying to create something in it.”