This Primitive Parts article was written by Lorna Gray, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson
With members hailing from other bands, the London-based Primitive Parts have released their debut album Parts Primitive from Trouble in Mind Records. Starting in 2012, Male Bonding and Sauna Youth members Lindsay Corstorphine (vocals/guitar) Kevin Hendrick (guitar) and Robin Christian (drums) began this 60s-style punk rock project and recorded their first record over three days in two locations on a Tascam 388 multi-track tape machine. This lo-fi album brings elements from members’ other musical ventures, as fuzzy garage rock from Male Bonding merges with the repetitive and catchy hooks from Sauna Youth. With singles such as ‘TV Wheels’ having heavy airplay on the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley’s show teasing listeners for more, this long awaited debut from the southern garage punk trio haven’t disappointed and delivers with ten fast paced, noisy tracks.
Album opener ‘Miracle Skin’ is a strong start to the album. Distorted and whiny guitar hooks twist around chant-like, punk style lyrics. With a fast tempo kept by krautrock influenced drumbeats this opening track is enough to set the mood for the rest of the album, or at the very least have listeners tapping their feet to the steady and contagious rhythm. Other tracks that stand out include ‘Rented Houses’ which consists of repetitive psychedelic guitar riffs played under monotonous vocals, that are more exclaimed than sung. A short but sweet guitar solo drenched in effects completes the track and ensures that the talent of Hendrick doesn’t go unnoticed.
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‘TV Wheels’ intro consists of beeps and trills which construct a unique, attention grabbing and stand out guitar riff and the same monotone vocals chime in with shouted lyrics. The finishing track to the album, ‘Ever Outward’, slows the tempo down with an acoustic guitar strumming, that is almost classic rock, is played under vocals that are sang more than on any other track. The song ends with a distant muzak style electronic drumbeat, not unlike those featured on the demo setting of a keyboard.
Half of the tracks on this album are loud with catchy and meaty guitar hooks grab the attention of the listener. Punk influences are obvious here, as those songs serve a purpose in being loud and unapologetic. The other 50% of this album is easy listening and disappointingly all to comfortably converts into fuzzy background noise.
‘Parts Primitive’ is out now on Trouble In Mind Records