Chastity Belt's video for "Used to Spend;" new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone out today


VIDEO: Chastity Belt - "Used to Spend" (dir. Carley Solether)

Chastity Belt's highly-anticipated new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Aloneis out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette (including three previously-unheard bonus tracks). To celebrate, the band has shared a new music video for quasi-title track "Used to Spend"--an intimate, gorgeously-shot journey from their respective homes to a day at the races and back. Watch it here or by clicking the link or .gif above.

Review copies of 
I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone are available upon request. See below for a full list of upcoming US and overseas tour dates. 


"What will likely go down as their masterpiece." -- Drowned in Sound, 9/10

"This is deep soul-searching presented in dense, knotty guitar tapestries with a glimmering sheen — like Real Estate’s attempt at a Sonic Youth album, or a post-punk band writing pop songs after downing sleeping pills." -- Stereogum

"Chastity Belt has never felt this vulnerable, or as relatable." -- NPR

"Chastity Belt prove that pop music can have substance." -- Loud and Quiet

"Their wit and impeccable songwriting has helped define the current iteration of the Seattle scene...the band sounds their most mature and full-realized than ever before." -- KEXP

"This is one hell of an album." -- The 405

"Cuts Sonic Youth's post-punk sheeting with a Lush-like pop jangle." -- Uncut

"The foggy nights of the soul chronicled here lend Chastity Belt's bruised indie pop a weight that suits it." -- MOJO, 4/5

"This whole album is steeped in nostalgia, looking back on how things have changed, with a sense of humor." -- BUST, 4/5


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


06.05.17 - Seattle, WA - Free, all-ages in-store at Sonic Boom Records, 6 PM
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 %
07.28.17 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer's
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
08.12.17 - Covington, KY - River City Jam
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout
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
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
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 &

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& - w/ Magic Potion