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Chimps has been one of Brightons most active zines in recent years. One of a growing legion of personal zines in which everyday people are standing up to voice their anger, publish their own personal manifestos and explain their politics, editor Layla cuts and pastes her own thoughts and words down onto forty pages of photocopied A5 inspiration. One of the best zines from these parts, Chimps is an attitude packed title looking at the UK punk/skate/graffiti scene from a feminist angle, having jumped a mass media laden, sinking riot grrrl ship to start the Ladies Crime Cartel instead. With Ian MacKaye and mAKE-UP interviews in Issue 1, this is truly refreshing stuff.
Issue 2 has interviews with The VSS, Vique Simba, Month of Birthdays and girls that write graffiti, along with writing on wish fulfilment and romantic remembrance.
Issue 3 contains Month of Birthdays, Promise Ring and Red Monkey interviews and is summed up by its subtitle: 'punk rock feminism musings on a romanticised past feelings of boredom and displacement unsubstantiated notions of superiority and a heightened dorkiness.' Alongside editor Laylas punk rock feminism musings on boredom, romance and hardcore (she used to play in Skinned Teen) it features band interviews and a growing army of contributors. Both the style and quality of writing far surpass that of any dodgy sellout press hacks, making essential reading.
Issue 4 is a three way split issue with Rockpool 1 and Werewolves 3. All three issues are along similar lines, containing rants, top tens and coming right from the heart. Rockpool is pretty much all text which gets a little tedious to wade through but, offset by the cool cut'n'paste graphics of the other two titles, this split zine is a good read.
Chimps issue 6 features more of the spontaneous rants and captured moments in writer/editor Laylas life. Ongoing subjects from previous issues include notes on the Brighton and South East punk scene, more on the mysterious punk girl affiliation known as the ladies crime cartel and essential thoughts on her loves of skateboarding, hardcore and jazz. As usual, Chimps has been printed on the night shift down town somewhere so you get really good reproductions of cut-out graphics and photos of local gigs, plus theres an interview with Kim Thompson from the band Skull Control. Hopefully youll be able to pick up a copy down at the Edgeworld record shack. Failing that, mail the address down below or keep your eyes peeled down at one of the local punk shows.
Box 2804, Brighton, BN2 2AU