Photo credit: Mia Mala McDonald
COURTNEY BARNETT COVERS CHASTITY BELT
TAKEN FROM UPCOMING 7″ W/ KURT VILE COVER – OUT OCT 27 ON SUICIDE SQUEEZE
10TH ANNIVERSARY, LMTD EDITION NO REGERTS VINYL PRESSING OUT THIS FRIDAY
Suicide Squeeze celebrates Chastity Belt with the latest in its split 7″ single series–a pair of covers by Friends of the Band and tourmates Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. For this release, Kurt and Courtney each recorded a song from the band’s third album, 2017’s I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, in their signature styles.
Today, you can listen to Side C for Courtney’s take on “Different Now,” where she pulls the song from its Pacific Northwest haze, leaves it out to dry in the middle of the desert, and wrings something almost joyous from the original’s ambiguity.
Side K is Kurt’s version of “This Time of Night,” on which he lovingly recreates the anxious interplay of Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund’s guitars, stretching each note of the song’s fraught vocal melody to its breaking point. “This Time of Night” / “Different Now” will be available on vinyl and digital platforms, with a one-time vinyl pressing limited to 1500 (250 pink, 250 black, 1000 blue) copies.
On the track Courtney Barnett offers: “This song is so special to me. I remember when the album came out and I listened to ‘different now’ over and over, I thought they were singing directly to me. It’s a perfect piece of songwriting, I showed it to Kurt and he would always sing it to me on tour. I love Chastity Belt. I’m pretty sure we met in 2014 at a record store in Seattle, then we toured together in 2015 and we’ve been friends ever since.
I originally played it as a little folk acoustic version, then I asked Stella [Mozgawa] to program some drums and it turned into something a lot more fun. we tracked straight to the Tascam 388 and it was a real joy to make.”
PRAISE FOR CHASTITY BELT / NO REGERTS
“No Regerts sounds young and callow and smart and horny all at the same time. Playing it feels like a night out.” – PITCHFORK
“No Regerts often centered around a riot grrrl ethos of female empowerment and rebellion…” – PASTE MAGAZINE
“With complex interlocking guitar lines, slower tempos, and a consistently tumultuous musical atmosphere, No Regerts recalls the work of early-90’s bands…” – ALL MUSIC
“On December 29, 2012, three songs into Chastity Belt’s first KEXP in-studio, something extraordinary happened: they shared “Black Sail” with the world.
That year, I’d seen Chastity Belt play countless basement, bar, and DIY shows all over Seattle, but nothing could’ve prepared me for how my friends turned patience and quiet observation into something so affecting and effortlessly cool. Ten years later, “Black Sail” isn’t just a fan favorite–it’s practically a statement of purpose for the great albums that followed.
But before those records, there was ‘No Regerts’: the sound of four friends evolving from a party band into a “real” one (whatever that means) in real-time. They’re above it all on “Seattle Party,” “Happiness,” and “Evil,” but remain the sirens of Whitman College’s cursed frat houses–see the explosive choruses of “James Dean,” “Healthy Punk,” and “Pussy Weed Beer.”
When ‘No Regerts’ came out in the summer of 2013, Seattle–and the world at large–took notice. I still hear these songs in surprising places, and they still surprise me–just as they did a decade ago. If you missed out the first time, this is your second chance.”
– Andrew Hall
Seattle’s Chastity Belt celebrate ten years of their seminal 2013 album, No Regerts, Formed in Walla Walla, WA in 2010, the quartet, consisting of Julia Shapiro (she/her), Lydia Lund (she/her), Annie Truscott (they/them) and Gretchen Grimm (she/her), have perfected their brand of rock n roll over four albums and a handful of EPs and singles. Their debut album, No Regerts, gained a cult-like following, amassing praise from Paste, NPR, and Pitchfork, who said it “sounds young and callow and smart and horny all at the same time.”
The limited edition 10th anniversary vinyl pressing is out this Friday, August 11, and boasts expanded artwork, housed in a gatefold jacket with an obi-strip and 11×17 poster that includes lyrics and personal photos from the band’s archive. Vinyl is available in four distinct colorways—a band exclusive Oxblood & Coke Bottle Green Color-in-Color (limited to 1000), WA state record store exclusive Evergreen (limited to 250), Suicide Squeeze exclusive Oxblood & Milky Clear Splatter (limited to 250) and an indie retail exclusive Black & White A Side / B Side (limited to 1000).
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