The Chimpz

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The Chimpz
OriginLos Angeles, California,
United States
Genresrock
Years active2005 (2005)–present
LabelsRock Solid Talent Entertainment
Websitethechimpz.com
MembersArtimus Prime
Shawn Lyon
Chuck Preston
Sean Topham
Doug Weiand
Past membersHenry Atkets
Mario Cadenes
Thomas Nave
Scary Cary

The Chimpz are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California.[1]

History[edit]

The Chimpz in 2009 at Venice Beach

On Parole [edit]

The Chimpz were formed in Los Angeles, California in 2005[2][3] with Artimus Prime on rhythm guitar,[4] Mario Cadenes on lead guitar,[5] Thomas "Cuzzit" Nave[6] on bass guitar and Sean Topham on drums.[4] Chuck Preston joined the ensemble shortly thereafter.[7] Two years later in September, the ensemble released their debut studio album entitled On Parole [8] via their own record label called Chimpz Music Worldwide. All Access Magazine describes the vocals as "intense [with] lyrics [that] are intelligent and insightful, yet never simplistic or pretentious", going on to say that "The lyrics will make you think" and "will make you question your life and your values".[4] After the album was released, Henry Atkets took over on lead guitar.[6]

Home Invasion [edit]

In early 2010, the group published their first EP entitled Home Invasion, which was the second release from the band.[1] The title track from the album was featured on "SO", the first episode from Season 3 of American FX Network television show Sons of Anarchy.[9][10] In the month following, the ensemble performed at Nightrocker:Live in San Antonio, Texas during the South by Southwest music festival.[11] Later that year, the band performed at Uproar Festival while touring the western and south central United States in support of the EP.[12]

Who Can I Trust [edit]

In November 2011, the quintet released their second EP titled Who Can I Trust, produced by Ryan Greene.[13][14] Matt Crane of Hellhound Music describes the EP as "a fresh mix of rap, punk, and rock: all of which are impressively synergized into an effective showcase of the musical talent behind The Chimpz".[15] "Mr. 44", the first single from the EP, whose video was published in December 2011,[16] was featured on "Stolen Huffy", the fourth episode from Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy.[17] The title track was the second music video from the EP. Directed by David Finkelstein, the clip was produced by Deja vu Productions and published in March 2012.[18] "Victim", the third single from the EP, was released in November 2012, accompanied by a music video for the song directed by Michael Valentino.[19] In mid 2013, the band played Rocklahoma, an annual three-day hard rock music festival held in Pryor, Oklahoma.[20]

The Chimpz EP[edit]

Several months later, the ensemble released "War Machine", the first single planned for The Chimpz, their self-titled EP.[21] In April 2014, a lyric video for the song was published via PureGrainAudio.[22]

In the month following, the band performed at Rocklahoma 2014[23] and revealed "Battlegrounds", the official theme song for BattleGrounds MMA, a Tulsa, Oklahoma Mixed Martial Arts organization. In June 2014, the quintet performed the track as they walked to the sparring cage at the Battlegrounds O.N.E. Tournament which was held in the BOK Center.[24]

In August 2014, the group released a music video for "California", the second single off of the same EP.[13][25] One month later,[25] the EP, which was produced at Validus Recordings by Ryan Greene, was released.[24][26] That same month, "Right to Left", a song from the EP, was featured on "Toil and Till", the second episode from Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy.[27][28][29]

In May 2015, the band is scheduled to perform at both the Swampfox Biker Bash in Myrtle Beach[30] and Rocklahoma 2015.[31] In the month following, the ensemble is also scheduled to perform at the Loudwire Music Festival in Colorado.[32]

In early 2016, the group performed on Lucha Underground[33] and announced that they are working on a new album.[34]

In November 2016, Curtis announced that he was taking an "extended hiatus" from the group.[35] In April 2017, Doug Weiand was recruited as a guitarist for the band.[36]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • On Parole (2006)

EPs[edit]

  • Home Invasion (2010)
  • Who Can I Trust (2011)
  • The Chimpz (2014)[1]

Singles[edit]

  • "War Machine" (2014)
  • "Not Enough" (2020)

Members[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Music from the ensemble has also been featured on FX Channel's Sons of Anarchy, MTV show Bam Margera’s Unholy Union, in films such as Where The F*** Is Santa and Dezert People 8.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biography by Gregory Heaney. "The Chimpz | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Interview with THE CHIMPZ: "Follow your passion, follow your dreams and never lose focus. Never let anybody take that away from you." | Metal Shock Finland (World Assault )". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "THE CHIMPZ | New Music And Songs". MTV. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c "The Chimpz :: On Parole :: All Access Magazine :: It's All About The Music". All Access Magazine. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The Chimpz Blast Paladinos Christmas Party '05". Allaccessmagazine.com. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "The Chimpz :: All Access Magazine :: It's All About The Music". All Access Magazine. 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Vanguard Music Hall » Krokus – Tickets – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK – April 28th, 2015". Thevanguardtulsa.com. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "On Parole - The Chimpz | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sons of Anarchy Music - Season 3: "So"". TuneFind. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Episode 1: "So" Music". TV Fanatic. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "SXSW comes to S.A. - San Antonio Express-News". Mysanantonio.com. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Reid, Sean. "The Chimpz US Dates". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ a b Linda Heron. "THE CHIMPZ Release New Music Video for "California"". PlanetMosh. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Who Can I Trust - EP by The Chimpz". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "The Chimpz: Who Can I Trust Review". Hellhoundmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "THE CHIMPZ- MR. 44 (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Sons of Anarchy Music - Season 5: "Stolen Huffy"". TuneFind. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "THE CHIMPZ- Who Can I Trust (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "THE CHIMPZ - "VICTIM" (Official Video)". YouTube. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Rocklahoma 2013 Daily Lineup Announced". revolvermag.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "The Chimpz: War Machine - Music on Google Play". google.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Chris Gonda. "The Chimpz - "War Machine" [Lyric Video] [Exclusive World Premiere] «  Videos « PureGrainAudio.com". puregrainaudio.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ Natalie Kuchik. "Rocklahoma reveals daily band lineup for 2014 music festival". AXS. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ a b "The Chimpz Pen New BattleGrounds MMA Theme Song 'Battlegrounds' - Music News Nashville". Music News Nashville. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ a b "L.A. Rap Metallers The Chimpz Release Brand New Music Video for "California" via Loudwire". FlashWounds. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Battlegrounds (Theme Song for Battlegrounds MMA) - The Chimpz - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Sons of Anarchy". TuneFind. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ "Sons Of Anarchy Music Season 7". TV Show Music. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ "Sons of Anarchy - Season 7, Episode 2: Toil and Till - TV.com". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ LocoDistro, Inc. (26 March 2015). "Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, Molly Hatchet, And The Chimpz Added To... -- MARION, S.C., March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --". prnewswire.com. Retrieved 27 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ Natalie Kuchik. "Rocklahoma announces daily lineup for 2015 festival". AXS. Retrieved 18 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. ^ Melanie Falina. "Loudwire Music Festival update their 2015 lineup". AXS. Retrieved 18 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  33. ^ The Chimpz on Lucha Underground. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. ^ "The Chimpz". thechimpz.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ a b "Chris Coast - Hey Chimpznation The time has come for..." Facebook. 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2017-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  36. ^ a b "The Chimpz". facebook.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  37. ^ "The Chimpz - The Chimpz | Credits". AllMusic. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  38. ^ "War Machine - The Chimpz - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  39. ^ "THE CHIMPZ | Metal Shock Finland (World Assault )". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 2015-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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