Gloomy, echo-laden US post-punkers Chastity Belt present their second LP of melancholy doom-pop and funereal fun. Reminiscent as much of Walkmen forerunners Jonathan Fire*Eater as 50s/60s influenced contemporaries such as Dum Dum Girls and September Girls, Chastity Belt sound tougher and more confident than most in their field.
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A lot of people have ordered this of late which makes us wonder what it is we don’t know. On first spin through they don’t do anything we haven’t heard before - it’s wiry, taut American gloom rock that recalls the twin W’s of Walkmen and Warpaint Their cues are taken from the kind of college-rock as produced by Sleater Kinney and reminds me of all sorts of ‘90’s strummers such as Veruca Salt, Belly and Velocity Girl. Guitars are stroked often in a Strokes like manner and sinewy guitar leads are added with a casual nonchalance. I’m finding the vocals a bit nasally but I’m wondering if its an issue with hard compression and my soft bunny-like ears.
It’s cool, it’s collected but I can’t hear much in the way of classic tunes on first play through. ‘On The Floor’ has more of a surfy Real Estate vibe and also reminds me a bit of the janglings of Grass Widow. The ‘90s are back big time and this could be pretty much any collective from that era.
8/10 Morph 29th March 2015
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Time To Go Home for a good few months and now that it's available I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed.
Being a big fan of Chastity Belt's debut album No Regerts the odds were always in my favour that I was going to like Time To Go Home. Prior to the album's release I had heard both the title track and Joke and really liked both songs. They weren't too dissimilar in style to the songs on No Regerts and now having played the album through a number of times I think the main difference between the two records is that Chastity Belt have improved musically. The sarcasm & boredom/alienation from the first album are still there in Julia's lyrics but they seem much more polished as a band in their sound.
I think it's fare to say Julia isn't blessed with a great singing voice. But her voice does seem to fit Chastity Belt perfectly. And her other band Childbirth for that matter. I recommend you check Childbirth out if you aren't familiar with them but like Chastity Belt.
There is a hell of a lot of good music currently coming out of the Pacific North West and Chastity Belt are right in the mix. If you were a fan of No Regerts then you are going to be very happy with Time To Go Home.
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