Chasms Announce West Coast Tour Dates including DRILL : LA Festival
On The Legs Of Love Purified out now on felte
photo credit: Kristin Cofer
"They conjure beautifully dark, transfixing songs with a deft control of mood and evocative sentiment." - Stereogum
"Chasms Make Brilliant, Gazey Music 'We'll Go' for Anytime" - CLRVYNT
"Their sound swoops between bright and dark in the space of a looped note, trading angelic voice for gnawing noise and back again. The vocal harmonies' unbearable lightness melts into harsher electronic snaps and droning dirges; it's not quite doom, certainly not shoegaze, far from industrial, lightyears away from pop, and yet it's simultaneously all and none of them combined." - Noisey
Chasms is Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden. The duo crafts percussive dirges that are at once beautiful and menacing. Labrador's haunting vocals and hypnotizing guitar work wade between rhythmic bass lines and bursts of Madden's stinging feedback, laid on a bed of pummeling drum programming. The band's affinity for industrial rhythms, swelling textures, precise minimalism, and chaotic eruptions of noise sounds as equally informed by shoegaze as drone and doom metal—to choose just one would be a disservice.
On The Legs Of Love Purified is the band's proper debut full-length album. Written over the course of several years, the album explores the healing force of love and the exorcism of pain that inescapably accompanies it. Light cannot exist without dark, bliss without suffering. …Love Purifiedconjures this atmosphere of duality as it drifts through an expanse of emotion.
While this is Chasms’ debut, they’ve been an active duo since 2012. They’ve released the When It Comes EP (Dream, 2012), Riser (Dream, 2014) EP and the "Bad Evolution" single (Sleep Genius, 2012). They then collected a majority of the two EPs on the Subtle Bodies compilation album (Sleep Genius, 2014).
Why has it taken so long for a debut album? Labrador spent a year recording the album herself despite a hand injury that made guitar playing and production work difficult and physically painful. Recording between the band's illegally rented rehearsal space and a cramped apartment compounded a sense of tension and isolation as the two struggled to not only finish the album but to also stay afloat in a city that is increasingly hostile to artists, and where the threat of eviction constantly looms. This underlying uneasiness and discomfort can be heard in these recordings, and it works not to mar their beauty but rather to emphasize it by contrast.
Chasms Tour Dates
03.31 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (DRILL Festival) !
04.23 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (Part Time Punks) *
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