Whitby, Ontario’s hometown heroes Chastity released a brand new 7” last weekend entitled Peroxide. Fresh off of a North American tour alongside PUP, and now signed to Captured Tracks — the same label as Mac Demarco — after a serious bidding war, the noise-punk outfit has created a two-song single that cuts deep. Both songs are anthems to heartache, that sound as if they could fit in easily to a movie score about the same. The vocals revel in the reverb to create a sombre and entrancing soundscape that’s easy for you to get lost in.
The title track “Peroxide” showcases the band’s exploration and success with a string section that invokes emotion from the very first pre-chorus. The band also deviates from their usual arrangement of instruments by bringing a piano to the forefront. By stripping away their usual wall of noise for this song, Chastity make their sound vulnerable in a way that complements the lyrical content.
The second song, “Die from my Mind,” is a perfect combination of the sounds we know and love, and the new vulnerable sounds we were introduced to in the first track. The clash between the spacey verses and thick guitar choruses creates a dualistic piece of music that really puts an exclamation point on the anguish in the lyrics.
– Devin Calow