chastity beltCHASTITY BELT

– Announce UK and European live dates!
– New music due later this year

Unbelievably it was more than four years ago that I wrote about Chastity Belt for Louder Than War…. and Dave Beech reviewed Time To Go Home and interviewed the band.

Somehow we missed reviewing their 2017 breakthrough album ‘I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone’ which saw them transition from kooky college band to seriously nuanced art-rock group who could sustain a mood and avoid cliches.

Produced by Matthew Simms from the  current line up of Wire, it gained the band some serious praise:

“This is feminism as fact; as default… It’s the evolution of how young women impart vitally important information.” – said NPR

“Chastity Belt’s third album – they’re still disappointed, still stoned, still brilliant”  said The Quietus.

It took a while for the albums subtle charm to get its hooks into me I have to admit. (Not helped by the fact that label-mates on Hardly Art La Luz had more immediate Surf-noir tunes which beguiled me.)  But now -I can see how Chastity Belt are somehow, in a roundabout way, the spiritual grand-daughters of the mighty Raincoats -and as out on their own as they always were.

Anyways the news….

Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt have announced details of an Autumn European tour, taking in an extensive UK run.

Julia Shapiro, Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, and Annie Truscott’s 2017 album for Hardly Art, ‘I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone’ was their third and widely praised as their finest full-length to date. It was recorded live in July of 2016, with producer Matthew Simms (Wire) at Jackpot! in Portland, Oregon (birthplace of some of their favourite Elliott Smith records), it’s a dark and uncommonly beautiful set of moody post-punk that finds the Seattle outfit’s feelings in full view, unobscured by humour.

The Autumn 2019 tour announcement marks the start of the next chapter for Chastity Belt, who will return to the fold with new music later this year. Watch this space for more info!

I’m excited about this – there are loads of great new female bands around but very few seem to be as musically delicate, as serious & open and as unique-sounding as Chastity Belt.   Buckle up and get hold of some tickets…..

Tour dates

Sep 29 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Oct 01 – Milan, IT @ Serraglio
Oct 02 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Oct 04 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
Oct 05 – Jena, DE @ Trafo
Oct 06 – Berlin, DE @ Franzz Club
Oct 07 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Oct 08 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
Oct 09 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
Oct 11 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Oct 12 – Antwerp, BE @ Kavka
Oct 13 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Oct 14 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Oct 15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct 16 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Oct 17 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Oct 19 – Oxford, UK @ Ritual Union
Oct 21 – Brighton, UK @ Patters
Oct 23 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners
Oct 24 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 12th at 10AM BST from here   






All words Ged Babey except where specified

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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