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Chastity Belt Share New Single and Video “Chemtrails” – New Album “Live Laugh Love” due 29th March via Suicide Squeeze & UK Tour Dates Announced

February 29, 2024


Share new single/video “Chemtrails”
Album ‘Live Laugh Love’ out March 29th via Suicide Squeeze Records
UK tour dates announced 

Seattle noise pop legends Chastity Belt share “Chemtrails“. It’s the third single ahead of the band’s upcoming album Live Laugh Love, out March 29, 2024 via Suicide Squeeze Records. The song was initially conceived as a product of jamming, but the end result flaunts a sharpness that calls to mind a moody side of 2000s alternative rock. “Someone like me can’t let go of anything / Moments move like chemtrails in my mind,” singer Julia Shapiro drawls on the chorus, over a blunt guitar riff and pounding drum groove. Inspired by haunting memories that can’t be let go, the song is accompanied by a fittingly spectral video directed by Ertuğrul Yaka.

Chastity Belt are set to tour across the US, Europe & UK this spring and summer with support from Charlotte Cornfield, Peel Dream Magazine and Meagre Martin

On the track, Julia Shapiro offers: “Chemtrails” started off as a jam when we were rehearsing for an upcoming tour. I started playing that initial lead guitar part without thinking, and the rest came together pretty naturally after that. Gretchen’s drums along with Annie’s bass really drive the song – the drums remind me a bit of Protomartyr (love those boys!), and Lydia’s lead guitar line in the chorus is very rock n roll. The lyrics are about not being able to let go of things and retracing memories in your head. I reached out to Ertuğrul Yaka about animating something to the song because his work is often pretty dark and introspective, and he came up with a video that really fits the vibe.”

On the video, animator Ertuğrul Yaka shares:“Every person has the hope of finding their other half throughout their lives. I tried to explain the deprivation suffered by a person who cannot find her other half. The smiley mask is the persona that she shows to other people. The moon is a metaphor describing the search for couples to each other. At the end of the song ‘I’m painting us a picture in my head’ based on the lyrics, I made the reunion inspired by ‘The Lovers’ painting by Rene Magritte.”

Chastity Belt brings this more intimate vision to life in the progressive new track that builds on the intensity and cutting fragility of the lyrics and its deep delivery.

Lyrically, this raw arrangement hits the listener with the depth of the emotive complexities running through the words and brought to life with the brooding tonality. The new arrangements that the outfit is sharing are all capturing such a wealth of affection through the harmonies and the tonal direction, it feels more powerful whilst still capturing the renowned Chastity Belt energy in their new vision.

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:

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

Live dates:
* = w/ Charlotte Cornfield
# = w/ Peel Dream Magazine
^ = w/ Meagre Martin

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 @ Capital 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 1 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
June 3 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn ^
June 4 – Luxembourg, LUX @ Rotondes ^
June 5 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche 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 ^

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