Photo by Conner Lyons


Chastity Belt

July 1
8 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock

When the Seattle quartet Chastity Belt unlocked their sound on their intentionally misspelled 2013 debut, No Regerts, it mixed up post-punk aggression and silly (though pointed), off-the-stall humor—“Pussy Weed Beer,” “Giant (Vagina)”—with the knotted, slightly dissonant guitar sound of Northwest bands like Sleater-Kinney. Two albums later, on this year’s I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, CB have opted for maturity, ditching the snark and merging their disparate extremes to create a moody, world-weary nugget rippling with the gravity and charm of prime S-K. There’s plenty of angst on the new disc—“Fucked up, anxious, full of fear,” Julia Shapiro wails on “This Time of Night”—while the slightly off-kilter guitars and tight, unsettled percussion of drummer Gretchen Grimm and bassist Annie Truscott hint at a chilly, barely suppressed urgency. The pent-up restraint finally explodes on the careening, cathartic finale, “5 am.” Darren Hanlon opens.