Less than a year ago, PART CHIMP toured the United States bearing $99 guitars duct taped together, a ramshackle drumkit with pom poms, and stacks of junkyard amps...not really your optimum selection of rock gear. But, from the first click down on their octave pedals, PART CHIMP laid into one of the most devastatingly awesome tours on which the Monitor team has ever laid their eyes and ears. It was on this tour that we became aware that PART CHIMP were the most under appreciated rock band active today. Who else plays this loud, with this much fury!?!?
PART CHIMP continues their course with their new MONITOR release "CUP" due out in the spring of 2007. A compilation only available in North America, "CUP" contains the new single "NEW CROSS", rarities, alternative versions of past tracks, a previously unreleased cover of the Beatles' "WILD HONEY PIE", and two music videos. The album, just like the live show, is raw, raucous, and will just as easily rip your head off if the volume is adjusted correctly.
We are going to keep hitting the snooze button at Monitor until someone shakes us up and tells us that PART CHIMP have finally gotten the recognition they deserve.
Volume. It goes to eleven. Sure. Bleeding ear drums. Sure. But the use of volume is not a gimmick for Part Chimp. Volume and amps maxed out is needed to reach the sounds and feelings that ended up on their second LP “I AM COME.” Nearly becoming complete tape scramble, Part Chimp takes volume to the clipping point.After displaying their near ear drum bursting levels on their first LP “Chart Pimp,” Part Chimp have refined their sound, maintaining the walls of distortion, yet adding more hooks and harmony. The word evolution could be used here, butwithout being punny, let’s say Part Chimp have developed, but the inner ape is still with them. If Part Chimp’s debut was crusty punk fueled by an Ampthetamine Reptile crunch, then “I AM COME” is a highly refined offering, standing alongside distortion dwellers such as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, and Sunno))). Recorded and mixed deep in the red by John Cummings of Mogwai, “I AM COME” is an unbelievable mix of dynamics, harmony, and dissonance.
"This London based four-piece make an obscenely primal NOISE that would make Trail of the Dead cry and quite frankly makes The Stooges sound like a bunch of new acoustic flower-sellers." - NMEThe debut from the loudest band from across the pond. So loud, that one member forgot to wear ear plugs at a gig, busted an eardrum, and couldn't eat for a week because his face and jaw had swollen so badly. So what are we saying? Is volume good? YES. Does Part Chimp rock? YES. Is it a good thing to be loud and rock? Hell yeah.