About the Band
Vocals & Synthesizer
Lead Vocals & Guitar
Color Chemistry is a synth metal band from Houston, TX, formed in 2012 by guitarist/vocalist Garrett Turney. The early days of the group were rooted in progressive influences like Rush and Metallica, which were showcased on their prog-metal effort "The Other Side" EP in 2016 and the 2018 garage-influenced "Cover Chemistry, Vol.1," a brief homage to their foundation of influences. With the addition of synthesizer player Robert Hitchcock along the way, Color Chemistry's evolution then evolved from its earlier progressive roots toward a sound that incorporates the attitude of influencers like Korn, Linkin Park, and retro video game soundtracks.
On July 26, 2019, the band released their debut full-length album “A Light Above” to warm critical acclaim, ranking #1 on AltPress AP&R List and placement in Loudwire's Weekly Wire. The single “The Great Nothing” was especially popular, being featured on exclusive Spotify playlists, and their first track to surpass 1,000 streams. Says AltPress, “this progressive composition is a breath of fresh air. Not to mention it blends anthemic hard rock with neon-bright synths and heavy guitar riffs.”
Catch Color Chemistry's “A Light Above Tour” in 2019 and experience what Houston Music News calls a "tight and hot," and a "must see band."
“'A Light Above' hits fast and hard with many influences and styles...but with cohesive songwriting have managed to make a rather creative and original record.” - First Angel Media
“Color Chemistry can be described as an amalgamation of multiple genres and styles, each piece combined with intention and artistic flair, with the result being nothing short of pure genius. Drawing from musical roots as diverse as thrash metal, progressive rock, EDM, piano pop, symphonic metal, and classic pop/rock, Color Chemistry has crafted a masterpiece that is nothing short of genre defying, refreshing and utterly satisfying. Start to finish, this album explores sonic landscapes that are melodic, compelling, bone crushing, light and airy, inspiring, and heartbreaking - It sucks you in from the very first track and simply does not let you go until you have reached the very end! It is an instant classic and the foundation of an entirely new genre of music!”
- Chris Henderson
"Color Chemistry’s 'A Light Above' has been carefully crafted as a unique mashup of Metal and EDM. Fans of any genre can appreciate the work sonically and are sure to enjoy a live performance of the material presented on the album. This marks a foray for the band into new territory we have deemed 'Synth Metal' that I believe perfectly encapsulates their artistic strengths. It was a joy to work with Garrett and Rob and to help craft their individual virtuosity, personal tastes and meaningful lyrical work into an exciting treat for current and future fans of the band."
- Tony Browne
Garrett Turney knew from the moment he heard the first riff in the first verse of Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tears" that he wanted to pick up a guitar and play heavy music. From that stemmed the progression into obsessively practicing to Metallica, Megadeth, Rush, and Iron Maiden for countless hours in his bedroom throughout middle school and high school. He found himself wanting to express his interests in fast melodic riffs and Alex Lifeson-like chords in his own endeavors, so he started Color Chemistry with original co-guitarist Matthew Ertl upon entering college. They mutually shared the same vision and influences to create a progressive metal band who's style leaned heavily on thrash metal roots with melodic phrasings that brought to fruition the music they had wanted to hear.
Amidst several lineup alterations and changes, Garrett reached out to former Wings Burn Away keytarist Rob Hitchcock to hold down electric bass, as well as incorporate synthesizer into a new progressive direction. This newly aligned dynamic duo would prove to be the right fit and move for the band to build upon both of their visions. Combining heavy riffs and synth hooks proved to be a perfect combination for the sound Garrett had heard in his head for 15 years.
Rob Hitchcock might say music was his destiny — after all, everyone in his family are musicians. He initially resisted the call, preferring basketball and video games in his younger days over taking piano or guitar lessons. During his teenage years, his love of heavy metal ignited a personal passion to compose and play music. He taught himself to play the synthesizer out of necessity to join in a cover band his friends were in. His style of playing the keys would emerge as a marriage between the blistering synth leads from bands like Stratovarius, and the music prevalent at sporting arenas and old console games that were the soundtrack to his youth. Unsatisfied with merely being a keyboard player, Rob also worked tirelessly during these teenage years to learn several other instruments and audio production.
Rob would later establish Wings Burn Away, a metal band wherein he composed all of the music and lyrics and placed his synthesizer work as the center of the band’s sound. They achieved limited commercial success but had a strongly devoted following of fans, one of whom was none other than Garrett Turney. When an opening in Color Chemistry became available some years after Wings Burn Away disbanded, Garrett contacted Rob to audition, and the rest, as they say, is history.