Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt sound like theyâ€™ve evolved slightly since their debut full-length record, 2013â€™s No Regerts, but not enough to scare away purists of their Northwest girl-punk sound. The first single from the upcoming Time to Go Home is punctuated by thick layers of dissonant surf riffs pierced by singer Julia Shapiroâ€™s echoing, haunting vocals. Itâ€™s the soundtrack to the boring party youâ€™re stuck at but youâ€™re just too lazy to actually leave. Hey at least the DJ is spinning some cool tunes.
(Also, catch Chastity Belt on Courtney Barnettâ€™s upcoming U.S. spring tour!)
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Time to Go Home
[mp3] "Time to Go Home"
[vid] "Time to Go Home"
03. Why Try
04. Cool Slut
05. On the Floor
06. The Thing
10. Time to Go Home
Chastity Belt is a rock band consisting of four friends - guitarists Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. They met in a tiny college town in Eastern Washington, but their story begins for real in Seattle, that celebrated home of Macklemore and the Twelfth Man. Following a post-grad summer apart, a handful of shows and enthusiastic responses from the cityâ€™s DIY community led them, as it has countless others, into a cramped practice space. They emerged with a debut album, No Regerts, sold it out faster than anyone involved thought possible, and toured America, a country that embraced them with open-ish arms. Now theyâ€™re back and the tab is settled, the lights are out, the birds are making noise even though the sun isnâ€™t really up yet: itâ€™s Time to Go Home, their second long-player.
In the outside world, they realized something crucial: they didnâ€™t have to play party songs now that their audience didnâ€™t consist exclusively of inebriated 18-22 year olds, as it did in that college town. Though still built on a foundation of post-post-punk energy, jagged rhythms, and instrumental moves that couldnâ€™t be anyone elseâ€™s, the songs they grew into in the months that followed are equal parts street-level takedown and gray-skied melancholy. They embody the sensation of being caught in the center of a moment while floating directly above it; Shapiroâ€™s world spins around her on â€śOn The Floor,â€ť grounded by Grimm and Truscottâ€™s most commanding playing committed to tape. They pay tribute to writer Sheila Heti on â€śDroneâ€ť and John Carpenter with â€śThe Thing,â€ť and deliver a parallel-universe stoner anthem influenced by Electrelane with â€śJoke.â€ť
Recorded by JosĂ© DĂaz Rohena at the Unknown, a deconsecrated church and former sail factory in Anacortes, and mixed with a cathedralâ€™s worth of reverb by Matthew Simms (guitarist for legendary British post-punks and one-time tourmates Wire), Time to Go Home sees Chastity Belt take the nights out and bad parties of their past to their stretching points, watch the world around them break apart in anticipatory haze, and rebuild it in their own image with stunning clarity before anyone gets hungover.
"They're funny, and slightly goofy, and gently vulgar, and they play with an appealingly loose, relaxed confidence." -- Pitchfork
"In between pelvic-thrusting sexual innuendo and self-mockery, Chastity Belt filter feminist theory, cultural commentary and general intellectual bad-assery...Chastity Belt isnâ€™t the band 2013 wantsâ€”itâ€™s the band 2013 needs." -- CMJ
"The guitars on this record...have a nice ring to them, like Liz Phair's recordings."
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