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Chalk Sign To Nice Swan Records & Share New Single “The Gate” | Single Feature

November 22, 2023
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  Chalk Sign To Nice Swan Records & Share New Single “The Gate”

Belfast post-punk/electronic trio Chalk announce signing to (Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, English Teacher) and share raucous new track ‘The Gate’ out today (November 22nd).

This erratic and essential release is ready to tantalize, evoking this immense intensity through the abrasive textures, gripping melody and brooding vocal tones.

This chaotic consumption engulfs you as it continues to thread further attributes upon its fierce direction, expanding the layers and the instrumentation on offer. Mirroring the intensive peaks by delivering on the weight and complexity through the textures and hooks. The track sparks this brutalist appeal and showcases the vivid world that Chalk has developed. With elements of hardcore, industrial and then this refreshing influx of melodic rock, this is a unique composition which will compel the listener from start to finish.

Partnering with the revered indie label for their upcoming extended release, the three-piece have fast established themselves as one of the most talked-acts on the emerging scene following the release of debut EP ‘Conditions’ earlier this year (winning ‘Best Live Act’ at NI Music Prize 2023). Whilst acclaimed recent shows at the likes of Reeperbahn Festival and Beyond The Music have reinforced their thrilling live capabilities, ahead of what promises to be a busy 2024 on the touring front.

Inspired by the ferocity and live performance of acts including Death Grips, and informed by the sweaty hardcore dance scenes of their native Belfast, Chalk have teamed up with esteemed producer Chris Ryan (NewDadEnola GayJust Mustard) once more for their latest effort, as they look to build on key early press support from The Independent, DIY, Dork, The New Cue, Rough Trade and Consequence of Sound, as well as widespread BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Amy Lame) airplay. 

Detailing their newest release, frontman Ross Cullen revealed:“‘The Gate’ is a song about the pressures that surround you. The first musical part that was written was the ending, which is an ode to ‘Come to Daddy’ by Aphex Twin. I wanted to create a track inspired by Locked Club or Mica Levi, something that had a type of deranged percussion playing at a 1/16 rate.  Then I found a drum and bass drum sample which we had Luke re-record in the drum booth. Luke and Ben came up with the vocal delivery for the “Push and Pull” bits then I coloured in the rest. We’re leaning into sampling a lot more – especially our own field recordings –  sounds of public transport, and construction that we’ve built a library of.”

Chalk’s ‘The Gate’ is out now via Nice Swan Records and available on all digital platforms.

Chalk is Ross Cullen (Vocals), Benedict Goddard (Guitar, Synth), Luke Niblock (Drums)

Live Dates
9th Dec – Trans Musicales, Rennes, FRA
13th Dec – Whelans (Upstairs), Dublin, IE
16th Dec – Mandela Hall, Belfast, UK*

*supporting ASIWYFA


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