Sam Smith, the brains and bandleader behind Mother And The Addicts, came to Chemikal Underground via a demo featuring various personae and alter egos: Duane Reddy was one but it was Mother And The Addicts and in particular the track ‘Fuck Me Mummy, I Feel Ugly’ that really stood out. Throwing Sam and his cohorts Ian, Peter (Val), Douglas and Kendall into the old Chem19 (at the same time The Delgados were recording ‘Universal Audio’) and asking them to record and complete their debut album, we may have inadvertently contributed to Sam temporarily losing his mind.
Their debut ‘Take The Lovers Home Tonight’ was an explosive, technicolour affair owing as much to Dr Feelgood and The Upsetters as it did The Violent Femmes or Roxy Music. The energy of their debut was harnessed and controlled (to a degree) by Paul Savage for their follow up (and Chemikal’s 100th release) ‘Science Fiction Illustrated’ in August 2007, an album which earned them plaudits aplenty…
“Fans of Franz Ferdinand and Pulp, meet your dream narcotic”
THE GUARDIAN [4/5]
“It’s the sort of record whole new dances are invented to.”
THE LIST [4/5]
“This album could have been made in 1978, 1986 or 1992, but it sounds irrevocably and marvellously modern.”
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (Release Of The Week) [4/5]
Sam now works at Green Door Studios in Glasgow and is performing music under the name Casual Sex (good look with that google search).