Thursday, 1 October 2009
Well, technically they're last week's best band in the world ever. But they're too good to pass over, so they get an extended stay of a few days or so.
I first heard of these guys back in early 2003, when the song Hitlers and Jews, from their debut album "Chart Pimp", was featured on a Rocksound magazine cover CD. At this point I was still well into the face-peeling metal stuff that I should have grown out of long before, and didn't quite know what to make of it. It was all a bit jangly, there was no throat-shredding vocals... I was pretty sure that I didn't like it, yet I couldn't stop listening to it. It was shambolic, and raw, and it sounded impossibly loud regardless of how quietly I played it.
These were all good things.
But inevitably, with time I forgot all about them. That is, until a few weeks ago, when they played The Croft as part of the tour supporting their recently released third album, "Thriller".
And damn, they were good. Here's footage of them playing a completely different gig in a completely different place at a completely different time.
You get the idea though, right? Still shambolic, still raw, still impossibly loud. This particular song (Dark Horse, I think) neatly displays the Chimp indulging in their more scuzzy, doomy side; like Electric Wizard took a gap year and all got jobs in garage rock bands. Ones that don't suck.
It's not all slow trudging riffs o' death, mind. Check this out.
It all sounds as though it could fall apart at any moment... but the noise, the sheer volume is so dense that it all somehow holds together.