Channeling the feeling of youth on the fringe, Chastity focuses on the earnest connections found amongst the pent up suburban blue-collar. Living in Whitby Ontario, Brandon Williams writes in a space of urgency, melody and chaos - an artifact of youth culture that bridges isolation and collectivity. Chastity is a protean temperament in punk, in recent history sharing the stage with White Lung and Fucked Up, the project carries in the ethic of solidarity, antagonistic to the status quo.
Chains is a brief but loaded EP that takes the bull by the horns. Each track is crafted with the very mindfulness Williams finds so essential. It’s a level of creative intent that has defined Chastity since the project’s inception, but is perhaps most palpable to date on Chains - a progression in intensity resulting more from a rapidly changing world than the artist themself. Williams explains, “when I’m drawn to write I’m either sad or I am pissed. The world has changed since the last release, and both the sad and pissed feelings have since increased.”
released October 13, 2017
Written by Brandon Williams, Nolan Matthews and Keegan Powell
Nothing's blend of shoegaze stand's out as it is way more than just MBV and Slowdive worship. Their sound owes as much to grunge and metal. The shimmering guitars, subdued vocals and gorgeous melodies really dominate. Frenchie
I have struggled for some time now with how to best describe this album to someone who has no familiarity with SUMAC, but I am not sure that I can succeed in a way that does justice to Aaron Turner and his associates. If you loved Isis (and how could you not) but wished it had more amorphous song structures and greater technicality, while losing none of its devastating emotional impact, then you are going to love this album. Be forewarned, however: this is considerably more jarring than the majority of post-metal, with wild variations within and between songs (while all remaining very obviously a single, coherent album - this is Aaron Turner and not some fly-by-night huckster, after all). This is a cathartic listening experience, and you owe it to yourself to give this a completely uninterrupted listen. The lows will crush you before the highs elevate your spirit. This is not my considered opinion, but universal fact, spoken directly to me through the medium that is Love in Shadow. Ippocalyptica