The first time I saw Chastity, I was blown away by the power and intensity of their performance. Lead singer, and the embodiment of the band, Brandon Williams set up his mic stand in the middle of the crowd and then proceeded to stalk about, and through it, selecting like-minded individuals to share a lyric with. Musically it felt like listening to a Faith No More from a parallel universe in which they followed a hardcore path instead of alt-rock/metal.
Complex layers of aggression and longing define the subtly shifting tones of Death Lust, the debut album from Chastity, a band whose sound is rooted in hardcore but reaches for much more. The recording project of Brandon Williams incubated in the often bleak surroundings of his hometown of Whitby, Ontario. Williams looked to the wealth disparity, isolation, and general bleakness of the Toronto suburb and channeled it into a sound that was angsty and cathartic but also laced with strains of nostalgia, vulnerability, and youthful restlessness.
Rating: NNNN Brandon Williams spends a lot of his time fostering a nascent DIY community in his hometown of Whitby, but he's also built a strong following elsewhere. The buzz for his band Chastity landed him a deal with Captured Tracks and a domestic one with Royal Mountain - where he gives labelmates METZ a run for their money as the loudest band on the roster. There's something eerily appropriate about Chastity's debut album dropping on Friday the 13th.