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Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home (Review)

Chastity Belt, Time To Go Home

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

SOME of the guitar work on Chastity Belt’s Time To Go Home is exemplary. It’s just a shame that not every other element of the album can match up.

Consisting of four friends – guitarists Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott and drummer Gretchen Grimm – Chastity Belt hail from the Seattle music scene and combine post-post-punk energy with a slight air of grunge too.

But while their guitar sound is worth raving about, it’s sometimes clear that their strength lies in the instrumentals as the vocals are, on occasion, a little too low-key and mundane to really take them to the next level.

IDC (short for “I don’t care”) is a case in point. The guitars are terrific, even going so far as to hint at an English sound in the way they emulate the likes of The Cure and The Kooks. But the vocals are a little too uncaring and lacking in personality, which is a real shame.

That said, when they get things right, these girls can still manage to make heads turn with the quality of their music. The melodies on Joke are particularly tight, with the guitar sound helping to create an instant favourite and yet more complimentary nods to other bands (on this occasion, The Strokes).

There’s grit and grunge on the post-punk pile-driver that is The Thing (a smart tribute to the John Carpenter classic movie of the same name), with a distorted vocal sound that works to the track’s advantage, while Cool Slut has another of those cool, Strokesian vibes that should really help to get them noticed in a good way. It also highlights their ability to deliver nicely subversive and cheeky lyrics.

Album opener Drone, meanwhile, has more of the quality guitar-work that we mentioned and, for that reason, emerges as another highlight (even going so far as to garner comparisons with the lazy, hazy sound of classic Dandy Warhols).

All told, Chastity Belt are an interesting act, well worth checking out for the quality of their instrumentals. You can well imagine their ability to thrill live.

Download picks: Joke, Drone, Cool Slut

Watch the video for Cool Slut

Track listing:

  1. Drone
  2. Trapped
  3. Why Try
  4. Cool Slut
  5. On the Floor
  6. The Thing
  7. Joke
  8. Lydia
  9. IDC
  10. Time to Go Home