A re-issue of demos on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks has fuelled a burgeoning interest in Canadian punks Chastity. Support slots with Priests, Fucked Up, Metz and Chelsea Wolfe have only made people more excited about their debut LP Death Lust. The album revolves around the concept that the pain of living knowing we’re going to die is tempered by the ability to cope with that knowledge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.
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This record is soup. We don’t refer to enough records as soup and right now I think we should. Chastity are a rock band with great big helpings of minestrone lining the walls of their songs, their melancholy, certainly emo but always busy sound debating whether or not it has a reverence for the thrashings of Metz or the haughty feelings of ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ era Deftones. Whatever the case, it’s ‘Death Lust’, and it’s one of the busier noise pop records you’re gonna hear this year.
They play loud and they let their guitars ring however they want to. They find a way, in their set-up, to let the dissonance sing, the churning, distorting guitars coming across all ethereal on “Scary”, a texture swimming level with frontman. Considering this record feels like it could be post-hardcore on another day, they impress by keeping up an accessible and communicative rock record amidst the dirge. The sludgy “Negative With Reason To Be” plays with harsher noise tones, pulling back riffs for screeches of sabotage sound before going in on a skramz breakdown. Still they can’t avoid the sweetness and the serenity: they go from it into “Heaven Hell Anywhere Else”, which is country bumpkin alt-rock relative to its predecessor.
Chastity have used a very particular kind of noise to create an extremely versatile record -- they sound brittle and explosive, often abrasive and angular, but there’s no real knowing which way they’ll want to go. At their roughest, they sound bellicose, feinting anger and fury before coming back down into melodic reflections. 'Death Lust' is interesting and undecided.
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