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Fake / Fear

by Chastity Belt

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Fake 04:10
White noise in a sober room Leaves space to assume Trying to say what’s on my mind Meaning’s crucified By words that just hang in the air And stories that aren’t going anywhere I’m a fake I’m a fake, I’m a fake, I’m a fake A feeling with no home No way to make it known I don’t care It’s not going anywhere I don’t care I’m not going anywhere I’m a fake
Fear 04:17
I’m on the shore but all my friends they dive right in The water’s warm but there’s something they don’t know A big white whale, that’s under there I saw its head, I saw its tail And one by one, it swallows them It swallows It’s just the fear Said the right thing, didn’t I Made the right choice, didn’t I It’s just the fear Asking myself for solid answers as to why I am the way I am but that’s just the way I am It’s just the fear


Over a decade into their existence, Chastity Belt remains true to itself. It’s a joke told in a college town that became a living, breathing rock band. It’s a quartet of four friends–Julia Shapiro, Lydia Lund, Gretchen Grimm, and Annie Truscott–in dialogue with each other and the world. Across four albums to dazzling effect, their work stands as a deeply moving extended meditation on parties, relationships, power dynamics, sincerity, and aging–all delivered without even a hint of heavy-handedness.

“Fake” / “Fear” the band’s new single, picks up where their self-titled fourth album left off. “Fear”’s snarling riff, soaring chorus, and Moby-Dick imagery came to singer and guitarist Lydia Lund after she dreamt of what she described as “gut-wrenching fear” caused by a “neverending series of unknowns.”

After recording instrumentals with engineer Samur Khouja, Lund tracked her vocals while visiting her parents, repeating the chorus, “It’s just the fear,” over and over with increasing, soaring intensity.

In her words: “My mom knocked on the door and asked, ‘Is there anything you want to talk to me about? Is there something you’re afraid of?’ At that point, I realized she thought I was doing some kind of primal scream therapy. In a way, I guess I am...honestly, feels pretty good!”

Like “Fear,” a mantra sits at the heart of “Fake,” on which Julia Shapiro examines her inability to be vulnerable. “I’m a fake,” she sings repeatedly, as she takes stock of a situation in which all language broke down and communication failed. “The song is about not being able to be honest with someone and say what you mean,” she explains. “I wrote it because I couldn’t express in words how I was feeling.”

These two songs emphasize the dual nature of Chastity Belt: interior and exterior, catharsis and introspection, play and hesitation. Yet more than anything else, they are the work of four friends with the unique ability to render heady emotional territory lighter than air and the power to make that feeling universal.


released December 3, 2021

Written & Produced by Chastity Belt
Mixed by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound Studios (LA, CA)
Mastered by Heba Kadry


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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.

Chastity Belt's fifth studio album, 'Live Laugh Love' is out March 29, 2024.
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