4/04/2017

Chastity Belt announce US and UK tours, share "Caught in a Lie"

LISTEN TO CHASTITY BELT'S "CAUGHT IN A LIE"; US AND UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED



STREAM: Chastity Belt - "Caught in a Lie"
VIDEO: Chastity Belt - "Different Now" (dir. Bobby McHugh)

STREAM: Chastity Belt - "Different Now"

Today, Seattle band Chastity Belt shared "Caught in a Lie," the second single from their highly-anticipated new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, out June 2nd on all formats and streaming services. The track, which maintains the reflective, cathartic, and poignant tone of previous single "Different Now," can be streamed here or via the link above. Additionally, the band has announced both a North American summer tour as well as fall dates in the UK. See below for a full list of upcoming shows. 

TOUR DATES:

06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release show at The Crocodile *
06.14.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
06.15.17 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
06.16.17 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo's
06.17.17 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall at the Great Hall
06.18.17 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
06.19.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.20.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
06.23.17 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd
06.24.17 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
06.25.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
06.27.17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory)
06.28.17 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR
06.29.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
06.30.17 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's
07.01.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - Cliffs
09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage
09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg
09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain
09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena
09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club
09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B
09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11
09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU

* - w/ So Pitted


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

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