3/08/2017

Chastity Belt's I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, out 6/2/17

CHASTITY BELT ANNOUNCE NEW RECORD I USED TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME ALONE; WATCH VIDEO FOR "DIFFERENT NOW"



VIDEO: Chastity Belt - "Different Now" (dir. Bobby McHugh)
STREAM: Chastity Belt - "Different Now"

Hardly Art is proud to announce I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone--the highly-anticipated third studio album from Seattle's Chastity Belt--out Friday, June 2nd on all formats and streaming services. Get your first taste of this dazzling, introspective album with the band's new video for "Different Now," which affectionately riffs on Temple of the Dog's classic video for "Hunger Strike." Watch the "Different Now" video here or via the link above.

The band's West Coast tour kicks off tomorrow night in San Francisco, and they will be playing a number of showcases at this year's SXSW. Three bonus tracks will be included on all CD and digital versions, as well as on digital downloads included with LP purchases. Pre-orders are available now from hardlyart.com. Read on for more on Chastity Belt's long-awaited return and a complete list of upcoming tour dates. 


ABOUT THE RECORD:

A few years ago, while in a tour van somewhere in Idaho, the members of Chastity Belt—Julia Shapiro, Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, and Annie Truscott—opted to pass the time in a relatively unusual fashion: They collectively paid one another compliments, in great and thoughtful detail. This is what we like best about you, this is why we love you. 

I think of that image all the time, the four of them opening themselves up like that, by choice. It’s hard to imagine other bands doing the same. But beyond their troublesome social media presence—see: the abundance of weapons-grade duck face, the rolling suitcase art—and beyond the moonlit deadpan of say, “IDC,” lies, at the very least, an honesty and an intimacy and an emotional brilliance that galvanizes everything they do together. Which is a fancy way of saying: They’re funny, but they’re also capable of being vulnerable. “Giant Vagina” and “Pussy Weed Beer,” two highlights from their aptly titled 2013 debut, No Regerts, were immediately preceded by a sublime yet easily overlooked cut named “Happiness.” I saw a younger, still unsettling version of myself all across 2015’s Time to Go Home

This June marks the release of I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, their third and finest full-length to date. Recorded live in July of 2016, with producer Matthew Simms (Wire) at Jackpot! in Portland, Oregon (birthplace of some of their favorite Elliott Smith records), it’s a dark and uncommonly beautiful set of moody post-punk that finds the Seattle outfit’s feelings in full view, unobscured by humor. There is no irony in its title: Before she had Chastity Belt, and the close relationships that she does now, Shapiro considered herself a career loner. That’s no small gesture. I can make as much sense of this music as I can my 20s: This is a brave and often exhilarating tangle of mixed feelings and haunting melodies that connects dizzying anguish (“This Time of Night”) to shimmering insight (“Different Now”) to gauzy ambiguity (“Stuck,” written and sung by Grimm). It’s a serious record but not a serious departure, defined best, perhaps, by a line that Shapiro shares early on its staggering title track: “I wanna be sincere.” 

When asked, their only request was that what you’re reading right now be brief, honest, free of hyperbole, and “v chill.” When pressed for more, Truscott said, “Just say that we love each other. Because we do.”
This is who they are, this is why I love them.
—David Bevan, February 2017

PRESS QUOTES:

"Disciplined in its disaffection." -- The New York Times

"Maintains [a] fun-loving sex-positive approach with tracks like 'Cool Slut' while also acknowledging the complexities of life." -- The New Yorker

"This is feminism as fact; as default...It's the evolution of how young women impart vitally important information." -- NPR

"They're funny, and slightly goofy, and gently vulgar, and they play with an appealingly loose, relaxed confidence." -- Pitchfork

"Chastity Belt are making a strong case for being the most important band to emerge from Washington state’s Emerald City since Nirvana."
-- UK Press Association

“[Chastity Belt] are the coolest people I have ever met.”
-- Courtney Barnett


TOUR DATES:

03.09.17 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03.10.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident *
03.11.17 - Phoenix, AZ - Viva Phx Festival
03.12.17 - El Paso, TX - The Perch *
03.13.17 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *

SXSW
03.14.17 - She Shreds Showcase - Las Cruxes, 4:30 PM #
03.15.17 - South By San Jose - Hotel San Jose, 5:00 PM
03.15.17 - Modern Sky Official Showcase - Barracuda,  10:00 PM
03.16.17 - Another Planet/Noise Pop Showcase - Sidewinder, 2:30 PM
03.17.17 - Laneway Festival Showcase - Mohawk, 4:30 PM
03.17.17 - Waterloo Records, 6:00 PM
03.17.17 - SPIN Official Showcase - Empire Control Room, 10:00 PM

03.18.17 - Dallas, TX - NSFWknd at Club Dada ^
03.21.17 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall  &
03.23.17 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival %
03.24.17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release Show at the Crocodile

* - w/ Lisa Prank
# - w/ IAN SWEET, Dude York, Sad13, Jay Som, Lisa Prank, Diet Cig, more
^ - w/ Weaves, Priests, Flasher
& - w/ Tele Novella
% - w/ The Coathangers
$ - w/ Kane Strang

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