Five years ago, during SXSW, Chunklet put on a 20 band bill in two parking lots in north Austin. Two bands met and became immediate fans of each other. Torche, who were still a brand new band and at SXSW at Chunklet’s request, and Part Chimp, the noise titans from London who were touring the States for the second time. And well, on that steamy tarmac, a love affair was born.
Almost immediately thereafter, we all started discussing a split release featuring the two bands, and sadly, it takes the pending dissolution of Part Chimp at the end of this year to make it happen. Yes, this is the final Part Chimp release here in the States and the penultimate worldwide.
Part Chimp turn in two scorchers, ‘Dr. Horse’ and ‘The Watcher’ while Torche send a love letter to the boys from Dayton and cover three Guided By Voices songs (‘Exit Flagger,’ ‘Unleashed! The Large Hearted Boy’ and ‘Postal Blowfish’).
This was available only during the band’s tour up the East Coast in November and the Chunklet website for a limited time.
2015 Reissue edition of 300.
100 clear (only available here)
100 gold (available only from the bands)
100 black (distro)
released December 6, 2011
TREVOR CLAXTON did the artwork.
NOLEN STRALS did the type and layout.
HENRY OWINGS put it all to bed.
This album hits hard right out the gates. That signature Torche guitar tone is dominant, and the balance of crushing and melodic riffing is nailed perfectly, with more of a leaning towards some moodier/vibey parts. Tons of atmospheric vocals and heavy melody here, and of course, a massive rhythm section. All of it blends to totally drone you in. Rob James
You gotta love a band that has a great sense of humor, and slays this hard to back it up. Was fortunate enough to see them live, and words cannot explain how versatile Coady and Jared are on stage. They make more damn noise with just drums and bass than any other band I've seen. Side question--does Coady have to replace his drum skins after every show? The man hits like a truck! Praise the almighty BB! Hank