I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone is the third release from Chastity Belt. The full length brings together indie-rock and alternative rock like very few bands manage. A great example of how a big group of musicians can work together to make great songs, from the laidback female lead vocals to the youthful rhythm guitars. Available on black Vinyl LP, coloured Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette.
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I was listening to this whilst answering a few of the billion emails that have built up since Phil went to Norfolk and to be honest....I forgot it was on. I think if I'd have just clasped my headphones to my head and unplugged the other end from the computer I'd have found more to remember. It's not that Chastity Belt are bad by any stretch of the imagination. They play a pretty pleasant brand of intertwining alt rock that sits somewhere between Sleater Kinney, Warpaint and someone from the past like Throwing Muses. It's just that you can't remember any of it even as it's playing. The chords they play are ok if a bit lacklustre, the drumming rudimentary and the vocals pretty nice but it all adds up to not a lot. They are at their best on 'Stuck' which uses those eerie kind of melodies that '90s alt rockers and post grungers used to stumble across. There's even a bit of Nirvana in here.
"I had a drink and ate some stuff no I'm already bored" they sing on 'Complain' and this just about sums them up. They have a good sound going with nods to the likes of Juliana Hatfield and even Barbara Manning. Shambling is all well and good but I honestly think the issue is just a matter of application.
As Geoffrey Boycott said "get out of bed properly, get right out of the bed, you won't get anywhere getting half out of bed. Did I go out to bat when half out of bed? No I bloody well didn't". Wise up Chastity Belt.
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