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Chastity Belt
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sunday 9th June 2024, £17.00
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Live Laugh Love.

Its a phrase you might encounter in a certain type of cursive on the wall of a certain type of home. On the opposite end of the mood board, its also a stick-and-poke tattoo on Chastity Belt guitarist/vocalist Julia Shapiros left ankle (just below a highly improvised Shrek), and the title of the bands fifth album. Its fun, its funny, but its also sincere, not unlike the bands historya joke that became real because it was always realand the enduring bond that has been their bands foundation for the past 13 years.

In their decade-plus together, the four-pieceShapiro (she/her), Lydia Lund (guitar, vocals - she/her), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals - she/her), and Annie Truscott (bass, vocals - they/them)have created a resonant body of work. The early days of Nip Slip and Pussy Weed Beer (hits from their iconic debut full-length No Regerts, which recently celebrated 10 years) and the Cool Slut era of 2015s Time To Go Home were raucous bonanzas of dry wit and self-evident feminism. A newfound gravity on 2017s I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone shifted the lyrical mood toward introspection as they continued to refine their trademark sound: lush intertwining guitars, meticulous rhythms, a careful balance of melancholy and optimism. Two years later, the dreamy Chastity Belt marked a renewal of vows to their musicianship and friendship, each member coming into their own as artists, convening with a fresh perspective on collaboration.

Live Laugh Love is a natural continuation. Against the bizarre backdrop of the past few years, Chastity Belt remained a supportive space for the members to grow and experiment, drawing on the ingredients most essential to their process since the beginning: authenticity and levity. Recorded over three sessions in as many years (January 2020, November 2021 and 2022), the focus became more about enjoying their time together in the studio than making it feel like work. Their ease and familiarity with engineer Samur Khouja in LA, who also recorded their last album, made for a particularly enjoyable process, even using extra time to work out a couple joke songs to entertain only themselves (fingers crossed we hear their medieval jig, Shilling for the Shire, on a bonus edition someday). Once completed, they returned to renowned engineer Heba Kadry (Bjork, Slowdive) who mastered the album.

Album opener Hollow sets the tone with a gently driving rhythm while guitar layers stream like sun rays through an open car window. A warmth radiates through Shapiros voice, even while grappling with feeling lost and stuck. The older I get, Shapiro says of the lyrics, the more I realize that I might just always feel this way, and its more about sitting with the feeling and accepting it, rather than trying to fight it. That wisdom seems to anchor Live Laugh Love. Chastity Belt has never shied from navigating the spectrum of difficult emotions, and an existential thread weaves throughout the subject matter. And yet the songs feel more grounded than ever; theres a sense of quiet confidence and self-assurance that comes with being less numb and more present. Facing discomfort takes more fortitude, after all.

Live Laugh Love finds the members in their prime as musicians. Their parts trace intricate patterns over one another, but theres room to breathe between the layers. Everyone contributes to the writing, sometimes switching instruments, and for the first time, all four members sing a song. Its never been more apparent that they are creative siblings, cut from the same belt. Weve been playing music with each other for over a decade, says Shapiro, so it really does feel like were all fluent in the same language, and a lot of it just happens naturally.

Laugh seeks in the balm of friendship, aware of the anticipatory nostalgia that hits during a good time that youre already missing before its gone; the heavier guitar tones on Chemtrails streak ominous chord progressions over Grimms precision timekeeping, lamenting memories that wont fade easily. During a transitional time, Truscott came across a note in their phone that read, it's not hard all day, just sometimes, which inspired a poignant line in the chorus of Kool-Aid, their first song as lead vocalist on a Chastity Belt recording. Another standout, I-90 Bridge shines with a silvery melody that soars as Lund belts one of the most resounding moments on the album: Tell your girlfriend shes got nothing to fear/Im set in my head/My bodys a different story. The track Blue saunters nonchalantly with a wink; you can almost hear Shapiros smile as she sings Faking it big time/So I can hit my stride/Man, it feels good to be alive, channeling early Chastity Belt channeling early 90s before channeling the late Elliott Smith in a spiral of distortion and insight: Dont get upset about it/Its gonna pass/Tell all your friends about it/Theyre gonna laugh.

We have such a strong sense of each others musical inclinations says Lund. I think this allows for a lot of playfulnesswe can kinda surprise each other, like a good punchline would.

Living, laughing, loving maybe it really is that simple.

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