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Chastity Belt Share New Single & Video “I-90 Bridge” – New Album “Live Laugh Love” due March 29th via Suicide Squeeze & UK Tour Dates

January 29, 2024
Photo credit: Frank Correa 

CHASTITY BELT

Share new single & video “I-90 Bridge”
Album ‘Live Laugh Love’ out March 29th via Suicide Squeeze Records
UK tour dates announced

Chastity Belt are tried-and-true legends of the Seattle scene. For more than a decade, the band has created scrappy, clever noise pop, frequently laced with homages to the Pacific Northwest. The act’s latest single, “I-90 Bridge,”presents reflective lyrics about growing older amidst local change rest atop a nostalgic, dreamy instrumental. The song is outwardly breezy, but underlined by pensive sincerity—quintessential Chastity Belt. It’s accompanied by a hazy video shot on drummer Gretchen Grimm’s camcorder, captured as they biked around Seattle at dusk. “I-90 Bridge” arrives ahead of the album Live Laugh Love, which is out March 29, 2024 via Suicide Squeeze Records. The band are also set to tour the UK later this year with shows in Brighton, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol & London.

On the new video, guitarist and vocalist Lydia Lund said “‘I-90 Bridge’ is the fictionalised account of real times in Seattle. When I wrote the chords and melody, the song felt like a classic chastity belt song which deserved classic chastity belt lyrics addressing growing pains and self reflection in Seattle. Gretch took an old camcorder out on her bike one recent winter evening to document the summer night ride referred to in the song – capturing flashing headlights and reflective waves.”

From the introduction to the tone to the guitar that shimmers into the landscape, the consistent low-end from the bass and the punchy percussion keeping the momentum and flow to the release, all these attributes form this deeply intoxicating and immersive atmosphere. The lyrics and the vocal notes touch on this melancholic connection that comes to life through the tonality and the drive of this composition. The harmonies expand towards the last few bars and the rhythm shifts, Chastity Belt has produced this almighty ensemble filled with emotion and this lasting impression.

Live Laugh Love.

It’s a phrase you might encounter in a certain type of cursive on the wall of a certain type of home. On the opposite end of the mood board, it’s also a stick-and-poke tattoo on Chastity Belt guitarist/vocalist Julia Shapiro’s left ankle (just below a highly improvised Shrek), and the title of the band’s fifth album. It’s fun, it’s funny, but it’s also sincere, not unlike the band’s history—a joke that became real because it was always real—and the enduring bond that has been their band’s foundation for the past 13 years.

In their decade-plus together, the four-piece—Shapiro (she/her), Lydia Lund (guitar, vocals – she/her), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals – she/her), and Annie Truscott (bass, vocals – they/them)—have created a resonant body of work. The early days of “Nip Slip” and “Pussy Weed Beer” (hits from their iconic debut full-length No Regerts, which recently celebrated 10 years) and the “Cool Slut” era of 2015’s Time To Go Home were raucous bonanzas of dry wit and self-evident feminism. A newfound gravity on 2017’s I Used to Spend So Much Time Aloneshifted the lyrical mood toward introspection as they continued to refine their trademark sound: lush intertwining guitars, meticulous rhythms, a careful balance of melancholy and optimism. Two years later, the dreamy Chastity Belt marked a renewal of vows to their musicianship and friendship, each member coming into their own as artists, convening with a fresh perspective on collaboration.

Live Laugh Love is a natural continuation. Against the bizarre backdrop of the past few years, Chastity Belt remained a supportive space for the members to grow and experiment, drawing on the ingredients most essential to their process since the beginning: authenticity and levity. Recorded over three sessions in as many years (January 2020, November 2021 and 2022), the focus became more about enjoying their time together in the studio than making it feel like work. Their ease and familiarity with engineer Samur Khouja in LA, who also recorded their last album, made for a particularly enjoyable process, even using extra time to work out a couple joke songs to entertain only themselves (fingers crossed we hear their medieval jig, “Shilling for the Shire,” on a bonus edition someday). Once completed, they returned to renowned engineer Heba Kadry (Bjork, Slowdive) who mastered the album.

Album opener “Hollow” sets the tone with a gently driving rhythm while guitar layers stream like sun rays through an open car window. A warmth radiates through Shapiro’s voice, even while grappling with feeling lost and stuck. “The older I get,” Shapiro says of the lyrics, “the more I realize that I might just always feel this way, and it’s more about sitting with the feeling and accepting it, rather than trying to fight it.” That wisdom seems to anchor Live Laugh Love. Chastity Belt has never shied from navigating the spectrum of difficult emotions, and an existential thread weaves throughout the subject matter. And yet the songs feel more grounded than ever; there’s a sense of quiet confidence and self-assurance that comes with being less numb and more present. Facing discomfort takes more fortitude, after all.

Pre-order/pre-save album: https://lnk.to/CBLLL

Live Laugh Love tracklist:
1. Hollow
2. Funny
3. Clumsy
4. It’s Cool
5. Kool-Aid
6. Chemtrails
7. Blue
8. Tethered
9. I-90 Bridge
10. Laugh
11. Like That

Tour dates: 
April 4 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall 
April 5 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Arts 
April 6 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk 
April 8 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf 
April 9 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole 
April 10 – San Diego, CA @ Quartyard 
April 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
April 13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
April 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 
April 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Theater 
April 18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile 
April 19 – Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater 
May 3 – Asheville, NC @ Eulogy 
May 4 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat 
May 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church 
May 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw 
May 8 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair 
May 9 – Albany, NY @ Lark Hall 
May 10 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall 
May 11 – Detroit, MI @ El Club 
May 12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 
May 29 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
May 30 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
May 31 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz
June 3 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
June 4 – Luxembourg, LUX @ Rotondes
June 5 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
June 6 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
June 7 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
June 8 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
June 9 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
June 11 – Glasgow, UK @ Room 2
June 12 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
June 13 – Bristol, UK @  Strange Brew
June 14 – London, UK @ Village Underground

https://www.chastitybeltmusic.com/

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