The Chemical Brothers
November 30, -0001 in Manchester
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
The two-man group known as The Chemical Brothers formed in Manchester, England in 1989 and is noted as the first of its genre to perform to arena-sized crowds. Using a good balance of rap, dance and rock, they emulate classic DJs while injecting the energy of modern performance artists. The two members are Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, both former DJs who decided to experiment with their art and began creating their own albums they called "big beat", to tremendous success. Though their path to success has been tied directly to the mainstream acceptance of electronic music, the pair have remained true to their experimental sound, consistently earning critical praise in addition to a large, international fan following.