Tight little garage rock trio from London here, with constituent parts taken from Sauna Youth, Male Bonding and Monotony. That kind of pedigree unsurprisingly makes Primitive Parts a strong proposition, and their almost self-titled debut Parts Primitive serves ten slices of their bouncy sound. On Trouble In Mind.
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There’s a dude called Robin in this band 10/10. Or… actually: Primitive Parts are your standard fare garage rockers, so standard fare that they actually borrow most of their constituent parts from other bands you may well admire for cunning chord sequences and thrashing choruses. Parts assembled from Male Bonding, Menace Beach and Monotony, these people can of course craft a good, quick song, and then dust it off their jacket like it’s nobodies business. The difference? They sound sweeter than ever. The guitars are surprisingly soft, in places, there’s an abundance of cooing (but never an excess), and the band rarely get riled up, so the melodies justs sound dang nice.
“Signal” gives off the first earworm: this delicate piece of pop sounds compressed for the sake of good times, like the band are performing between a hundred cushions, the drums climaxing quietly in the corner of your ear. “Troubles” begins on a goofy riff worthy of band practice but shy of real rock action: here, it sounds quite glorious, like it’s snuck its way into a song that’s altogether a lot more rigid. “Eyes” and “Rented Houses” both roll off saccharine chord sequences as good as Joanna Gruesome make them, the latter grumbled like it’s the new indie pop trying its best to honour the Ramones. Basically, the punk bands that were and are having fun? Their thumb prints are all over this.
Primitive Parts earn their name, in all honesty, though there are some signs of a bumpier, weirder band about the place” “Rented Houses” brings in skronky background flourishes, while the final track shows off some future Krautrock chops in an improvised piece based around drum machines and shy cassette ambience. Garage rawk and drone coming together is certainly the dream -- the next ‘Cryptograms’ this ain’t, but it sure is nice.
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