To some, the idea of metal or hard rock constitutes little more then strapping on an AC/DC t-shirt from Topshop before gearing up for a serious session of guitar hero. Part Chimp’s response to this would be to mockingly flick up a devil horn hand gesture. While others try their best to dress the part, these post-rockers live it. Tonight, in front of a passionately eager looking crowd, they deliver a rollicking set of basic balls to the floor, all-out-ear-abusing, noise-loving Neanderthal rock. Broken down into its vital components, what Part Chimp do does not look exceptional – they all too often tie themselves to a rigid simple formula dominated by big thick distorted sludgy riffs, colliding with brutal animalistic high speed drumming, which is played at volumes so ear-splintering loud that the American government could brandish exposure as a new way of interrogating terror suspects. So no, they may not be the most over complicated of prospects, but sometimes simplicity is the key to having a good time and for these moments Part Chimp cannot be rivalled.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 13 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. December 2009