It’s been a busy 24 hours for Post Malone, who not only dropped his first new music of 2023 but celebrated the opening of a Raising Cane’s chicken restaurant location he personally designed near his Salt Lake City-area home.
As for new song “Chemical,” it has a light and upbeat, but slightly wistful, pop vibe, as Malone bemoans his inability to break things off with a partner: “Every time I’m ready to make a change / You turn around and fuck out all my brains.” The track was co-produced by Malone, Andrew Watt, and Louis Bell, and co-written with those collaborators as well as Billy Walsh.
It’s Malone’s first new single since the 2022 release of his album Twelve Carat Toothache, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. He will begin a spring European tour April 22 in Oslo and has dates on the books through a May 26 appearance at the Bottle Rock festival in Napa, Ca.
Meanwhile, Malone greeted hundreds of fans yesterday (April 13) at the Midvale, Ut., opening of a Raising Cane’s, according to the Salt City Tribune. After moving to the area in 2019, Malone struck up a conversation with the chain’s founder/CEO Todd Graves and asked if he could open a location nearby and lend a hand with its decor.
One side of the building is adorned with a closeup of Malone’s signature tattooed face, while inside, fans can get up close with the artist’s guitars and outfits. Owing to his appreciate of medieval armor, the restroom features a full suit.
“I was a fan of his music, and he was a fan of my chicken fingers,” Graves said. “We talked about life, we shotgunned some beers, and a friendship was born.”