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Chastity Belt

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1.
People talking, but they don’t have much to say Just taking up space, then drifting away We weren’t like that Things weren’t always such a blur In 2008, everything was heavier We were driving South in your parents car Singing aloud to scratched CDs Feeling meaningful, thinking This is a start And it’ll go on It was clear then, the sea before a storm Now there’s a thick fog around everything I learn And I just kill time by dreading everything But in that moment, life felt significant We were driving South in your parents car Singing aloud to scratched CDs Feeling meaningful, thinking This is a start And it’ll go on And we’ll feel the same way
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Elena 03:20
[Julia’s part] When you were young He did just enough To keep your hopes up Changed all your plans to line up with his Hanging onto every word he says Measured your self worth By his judgements You fell for it His only intrigue was the lack of him Fill in the blanks with what you see fit You fell for it [Lydia’s part] Nothing ever turns out like you think You live within limits in life make meaning out of circumstance In the dark can you tell what you're made of Are you whole or pieced separated Do you need desire to feel Nothing ever turns out like you think Commit to drift but don't look down your web will only hold you for so long In the dark can you tell what you're made of Are you whole or thread separated over time the space between them grows Fall through
3.
Effort 05:07
Running for cover, Into another It’s not what I need, but it seems to be what I want Chasing a dream, a perfect vision of me Could you show me what I’m thinking is real? I could be perfect, I could exist Just how you need me to be in this moment Whatever you’re feeling, I’ll melt right in I’m leaving myself behind again Giving it all away It’s effortless, it’s effort Trying to stay grounded, get off the prowl Stop shaping piles of dust into something that I want But I’ll keep searching, looking for light A single glint’s enough to send me jumping out of my skin You could be perfect, you could fulfill Every fantasy I’ve made you into Whatever I’m feeling, you’ll make it real Show me my good side, a rose colored mirror
4.
Rav-4 03:39
Fooled them all then hit a wall Lay in Kate’s bed, it’s true what she said That giving up can take some guts Driving in her Rav-4 going to the bar Lost my mind and much more, but who’s keeping score My guard is down Each night drags on The lie I told myself got old Driving in her Rav-4 going to the bar Lost my mind and much more, but who’s keeping score
5.
It takes a lot of time to really get it right It takes time to really get it right Let go of control Hoping only breeds fear It takes time to really get it right Feeling lied to Time tells the whole truth
6.
Apart 03:33
[Gretchen's part] How long till you say what you want? Dancing around our scars Can’t move beyond The should and should nots We’ll stay apart How long till I say what I want? Hiding behind broad lines Forcing me to read between your words Feelings woven into what’s unspoken [Lydia's part] Did I decide to let my pride take hold to let my feelings slide My life unfolds Indecision or out I wanna let it be the way it is to make peace with my past It's never too late now She's too far gone it's too late now she's too far gone
7.
Half-hearted 05:25
A hangover and a look of disgust, I’m young So why do I care so much Half-heartedly trying to get somewhere But my feet are just catching dust I lost my mind waiting in line, now I’ve got to go, get out, get lost, go home Been counting on someone, but I counted wrong So now I’m feeling pretty dumb What’s left at the bottom is raising me up Tired limbs, climbing to the top I lost my mind waiting in line, now I’ve got to go, get out, get lost, go home
8.
Split 03:53
What if I split right down down the middle of it all Will you, will you tell me when it's over and until then I will keep my eyes closed you take yours and I'll take me they took mine so I'll take yours what if you just take it all, both sides Sink to the bottom and you'll find you are just another shark Try to talk on the brink of sleep I've got nothing Shutting down cuz I might have to think I've got nothing You don't know how sharp your teeth are until you bite If they'll grow back when you lose them until you try
9.
Drown 04:06
Another kid who makes you wish that you liked it But you don’t like it And it’s starting to feel like it all makes sense Why you can’t just enjoy it Fogging up the mirror See yourself disappear Believe me Believe me, this is a way out And doesn’t the water feel good On your skin Repeated and meaningless Words don’t work, speech is pointless Now you’re just trying to get through everyday shit By acting with false confidence Fogging up the mirror See yourself disappear Believe me Believe me, this is a way out And doesn’t the water feel good On your skin
10.
Pissed Pants 04:54
I broke my bike, I better buy a new one Or maybe I’ll just walk home instead You can have everything you’ve always dreamed of But first you gotta get out of your head You said, so casually, “Everything just works out” In time we’ll all be surrounded by what guides us Haven’t had this feeling in a long time A mindless thrill and I can’t help but laugh Now I’m obsessing over endings And all the things that are holding me back You said, so casually, “Everything just works out” In time we’ll all be surrounded by what guides us Yeah, I saw it coming I saw it coming and now it’s gone

about

Chastity Belt’s energy is like a circuit, circling around the silly and the sincere. Tongue-in-cheek shit-shooting and existential rumination feed into each other infinitely.

Theirs is a long-term relationship, and that loop sustains them. That’s a creative thesis in and of itself, but isn’t that also just the mark of a true-blue friendship?

The band talks a lot about intention these days—how to be more present with each other. The four piece—Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums), Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar) and Annie Truscott (bass)—is nine years deep in this, after all. It seems now, more than ever, that circuit is a movement of intentionality, one that creates a space inside which they can be themselves, among themselves. It’s a space where the euphoria of making music with your best friends is protected from the outside world’s churning expectations. It’s a kind of safe zone for the band to occupy as their best selves: a group of friends who love each other.

Their fourth record, Chastity Belt, comes out of that safe space. After a restorative few months on hiatus in 2018, each member worked on solo material or toured with other bands. “So much of the break was reminding ourselves to stay present, and giving ourselves permission to stop without saying when were gonna meet up again,” says guitarist Lydia Lund. “It was so important to have that—not saying, ‘we’re gonna get back together at this point,’ but really just open it up so we could get back to our present connection.”

Their experience navigating adult life within the strange seasons of the music industry has Chastity Belt orienting themselves towards whatever gets them to feel the most present with each other, in any part of the band grind. With the luxury of spending several weeks in the studio with Jay Som’s Melina Duterte, Chastity Belt was able to experiment. The new self-titled album is the work of the band playing “old songs, and trying new things on top of it,” like adding more dynamic harmonies and violin, says bassist Annie Truscott. Lydia, Gretchen, and Julia all share lead vocals on different tracks on the album. The result is their most sonically developed and nuanced record yet; one that’s not only a product of, but a series of reflections on what it means to take what you need and to understand yourself better.

Many of Chastity Belt’s signature dynamics, from the silly to the sincere, have read as feminist gestures: the Cool Slut DGAF-iness, the shrugging off of the “women in rock” press gargle, the fundamentally punk act of creating music on your own as a woman, and being lyrically forthright. What the making of Chastity Belt reveals is that the band has tapped into a deeper tradition of women making art on their terms: the act of self-preservation in favor of the long game. In favor of each other. In this cultural moment, taking space like this to prioritize the love over the product seems progressive. Chastity Belt’s intentions have resulted in an album deeply expressive of four people’s commitment to what they love most: making music with each other.

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released September 20, 2019

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Chastity Belt Seattle, Washington

Chastity Belt is a real band formed in Walla Walla, WA by Julia Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Lydia Lund (guitar), Annie Truscott (bass), and Gretchen Grimm (drums), now residing in Seattle, WA and Los Angeles, CA.

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