Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Spikes to you

Berthold Auerbach once said that music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life, and while this is especially true of Part Chimp, the more common side effects in this instance can include hallucinations, and mild nausea. (It doesn't say that in the album linear notes, but you have to wonder if they considered including a health warning to this effect). These guys are ultra-crude, genre-bending crusaders of old testament days. The music they create is a thick viscous frothy mess of bass heavy drones, smashing drums, mind-bending feedback, and plain fuzzed out angst rock. An orchestrated display of virtouso guitar crushing maddess; the non-stop freakout of Evol era Sonic Youth turned up loud loud LOUD and..and...Well, you get the idea.

Part Chimp claim to be getting rather embarassed over the press attention that their album is receiving at the moment, but I can assure you it's well deserved - especially for the self proclaimed hardest working band in the country. The truth is they've been threatening to make an album of this scale ever since they signed to Mogwai's Rock Action Records. If you've been fortunate enough to catch them live you'll know their reputation already proceeds them, but I am Come is were they should truly be judged. Still the rowdy noise-mongers of old, they also demonstrate their musical intracies; the album is jammed full of these moments, and that's what you take away once the noise relents. They might be deserve their "sludge-rock" status, but they certainly don't revel in it; well, not completely.

The follwing track has been released as the first single off the new album, and if you like this then you'll love the album.


Part Chimp - War Machine

In other news: Tickets for Hot Snakes final UK appearance (ever!) are now on sale. They're playing London's Camden Underworld on Thursday 11th August, and joined by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (I actually think it's the other way around, but who cares?). I've already bagged a couple of tickets.

Part Chimp
Rock Action Records
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At 7:56 pm, Blogger Rob said...

Whoa...dude, this may be the best mp3 blog I've found.

Instant fan.

At 11:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy like a little school boy about seeing Hot Snakes in Europe....Whats the reason for the breakup anyhow? - T

At 1:40 pm, Blogger StopBeingCarbon said...

I don't know why Reis has called time on Hot Snakes... Maybe Froberg has had enough? "Audit and Progress" was perfect though...

You know Reis is going to do something else. That man lives it! He could tour as the Sultans or go back to recording as RFTC - who knows. I'd love to see RFTC.


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