Chastity Belt – No Regerts

no regertsChastity Belt recently hit our FaceBook feed for all of the wrong reasons. Propelled by a Buzzfeed article documenting “21 painfully awkward band photos”, members of our wider and now disowned social circle took the opportunity to slate the Walla Walla band’s press shot. It comprises front woman Julia Shapiro wearing a chastity belt, in a fairly obvious comment on the oppressive climate of the music industry and female sexualisation. Ironically, most users were calling the image “gross”. Other saner members of society realised the Buzzfeed article is nothing but a load of old tosh written by a prude. This to the tune of: “It’s a fucking chain with some cloth attached. Get over it.

We were disappointed. Not only because, as it turns out, many of our ‘friends’ are morally flawed, but because the first flash of skin promised the sudden exposure of the band’s music. When we realised these people weren’t talking about the foursome because of their hot ass debut album, we simply combated the issue by listening to it loud. Really loud.

No Regerts – typo intended – is a vibrant crash of slacker pop, garage rock and guts ’n’ ovaries. Shapino’s vocals range from a slur to a moan, drawling words that must look very pretty on the page but are delivered as a raucous yawn. You can’t help but compare it to the give a fuck attitude of riot grrrl. There’s something more though: Kathleen Hanna once said you don’t have to play an instrument to be in a band. These women carry a similar ethos to her scene, but they’re talented musicians to boot. Songs like “Full” and “Seattle Party” rally the socks off other hectic tunes for night-time fuel. “James Dean” and “Evil” have a fury similar to bE YOUR OWN PET. There’s energy to Chastity Belt that contemporary bands notably lack. We would like to see them live.

There’s a flaw. No Regerts isn’t going to make it onto the airwaves any time soon, unless some hapless fool at your local station believes “Pussy Weed Beer” is about having a BBQ on the lawn with your cat. No one’s going to be fooled by “Giant Vagina”. “Nip Slip” may well cause a few open mouths. Over the age of 16 and in private listening this isn’t going to prove a problem for the band, but it will certainly limit their scope. They probably don’t care.

In lieu of their word appropriation and the Buzzfeed article, it’s going to prove hard for critics to review the album without pointing out Chastity Belt’s in your face approach to female body parts. I hope a good handful of publications question why it is that a band of women are chastised for their frankness, while some hailed rap acts get away with singing about murder and rape. I also hope a decent chunk of music critics look beyond their reservations to see the awesome sauce album in front of them.

Release: 13th August 2013, Help Yourself Records

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