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Part Chimp

Hometown: London
Formed: 2000
Members: Tim Cedar, Jon Hamilton, Iain Hinchliffe, Joe McLaughlin

Details: “Please turn the volume up for maximum effect”

This line is probably the safest thing to put on the back of a record in 2005. Thirty years ago, sure, this might’ve been the vanguard. Trying to get people to turn it up to piss off the neighbors or to give a warmed-over glimpse of what the band sound like if they were standing right in front of you. This theory has a few drawbacks for the average listener: 1. There are only a handful of albums that hold up well at maximum volume the whole way through. 2. Neighbors are usually quick to stop the loud racket next door. and lastly, 3. Most people’s hi-fi equipment sucks.

So what’s the point? Put simply, turning it up won’t magically bring the music to life. The secret is to have the music sound deafening even when it isn’t turned up to eleven.

Now, Part Chimp aren’t the first band to use volume as their calling card, but they’re definitely one of the finest. Sure, The Who were the loudest, but they’ve been phoning it in for years. My Bloody Valentine? The Swans? Perhaps it best to limit this discussion to bands that are actually still in existence. The point of this is not to say that Part Chimp is to be considered just one in a prestigious line of loud bands. Far from it.

A quick study of the songs on their latest and greatest “I Am Come” will prove that they’ve got the chops. Drone and hypnotic rhythm might’ve been Krautrock’s signature, but the boys from Camberwell have appropriated it for themselves with tremendous results. “Bring Back The Sound” was released last year as a jaw dropper of a single and couldn’t be more welcome on their sophomore album. “War Machine” served as the first single and provided a flood of noise, warmth and distortion in a cathartic bullion with b-sides recorded in a burnt out studio in the middle of the night on the Austro-German border. And finally, you’ve got “30 Gabillion.” A two-chord chuga-chuga car crash that is so remarkably simplistic that you’d think the Ramones formed a noise band.

In this age where bands smash guitars on stage in lieu of actual performance acumen, it’s good to know that Part Chimp are here to pick up where others have left off. And no matter how loud you turn “I Am Come” it will always come out as majestic. Welcome back, fellas. C’mon in. Bring back the sound. – Henry H Owings/Chunklet Magazine April 2005

US Label

Monitor Records

press contact

pam@hermana.co.uk

radio contact

ewan@peergroupmusic.com

booking

UK: info@partchimp.com
Europe:steven@toutpartout.be

SELECTED PRESS

I AM COME (ALBUM)
8/10 in ROCK SOUND
“THIS IS DISCORDANT GUITAR NOISE AT IT’S BEST” 8/10 in NME
“THE LONDON QUARTET’S ONSLAUGHT OF GUITAR NOISE AND HEAVING,STOOGES INSPIRED SLUDGE ROCK IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED” KKKK’s in KERRANG!
“GOING DEAF NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD” 4/5 in MOJO
“GLORIOUS, RIDICULOUS SECOND ALBUM, ENGORGED WITH DISTORTION AND OVERLOAD”
ALBUM OF THE MONTH in PLAN B
“HAPPY NOISEY ROCK THAT’LL MAKE YOUR EYEBALLS EXPLODE” ARTROCKER
“THIS IS ROCK! ABSOLUTELY FU**ING WONDERFUL” 4/5 in UNCUT
“This record is very heavy. Heavier than a brass statue of Blue Cheer falling down a mineshaft. Heavier than all of Hawkwind, The Butthole Surfers and Black Sabbath wearing concrete boots and being sucked into a black hole….Mind-blowing.” 8/10 CLASSIC ROCK
“nothing short of high grade aural candy” 4/5 THE INDEPENDENT
“Like Sonic Youth before they became in institution, or a less introverted My Bloody Valentine, Part Chimp really do rock like monkeys” – THE TELEGRAPH
If you’re the sort of person who still secretly wants to destroy large municipal buildings through the sheer power of ROCK then Part Chimp are destined to be your new favourite band and this your album of the year.
PLAYLOUDER 4.5/5
“Monkey business aside, this is some heavy shit” DAZED & CONFUSED
BRING BACK THE SOUND (SINGLE)
kerrang – single of the week:
“essentially a pop song played at ear splitting volume. ‘Bring Back The Sound’ blends melody and noise with spectacular results. It’s got the mesmirising swoop of sonic youth, the pure attack of fugazi, the sonic sludge of the melvins.’ james sherry KKKK
NME
“wake up to a good old-fashioned eardrum raping from part chimp who have taken it upon themselves to bring back the sound, which they do if your defininition of sound is a man being garroted by his own scrotum then dumped in a guitar shop left to tak out his bitterness on the surrounding axes. it’s a bigger, badder, quite fucking terrifying take on noisemongers the make up” leonie cooper
ROCK SOUND
“If there’s anyone can bring back the sound it’s part chimp – and the volume, the riots, and the noise”
THE LIST
“bring back the sound is a primal scream of a song, obsessive riffage and manic shreiking combining to pummel yer head innards to a soft mush.”
LOGO MAGAZINE
“Fucking fantastic isn’t it? Yes it is.”

Rock Action Discography

rockact12cd – Chart Pimp (2003)

Tracklisting
1. b1
2. exladyboy
3. hitlers and jews
4. iron pond
5. cover me
6. chimp happy
7. li’l bummerboy
8. ssmankuntt
9. B2

rockact17cd – Bring Back The Sound (2004)

Tracklisting
1. bring back the sound
2. hitlers and jews

rockact20cd – I Am Come (2005)

Tracklisting
1. bakahatsu
2. war machine
3. hello bastards
4. bubbles
5. punishment ride
6. bring back the sound
7. dr. horse part two
8. fasto
9. i am come
10. 30 billion people
11. ashita no bakahatsu

rockact22cd – War Machine (2005)

Tracklisting
1.war machine
2. miser chimp
3. 30,000,000,000,000,000 people

rockact25cd – New Cross (2005)

Tracklisting
1. new cross
2. black water
3. and hell is behind me

rockact27 – Split 10 (2006)

Tracklisting
1. todd – please contact me
2. part chimp – once more forever
3. lords – i shook the royal throne
4. hey colossus – on the pleasure of hating
(Split 10” with Gringo Records, Southern and Jonson Family)

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