Chastity shares the ferocious new track ‘Heaven Hell Anywhere Else‘, taken from his forthcoming debut album, Death Lust, out Friday 13 July via Captured Tracks / Remote Control. Williams says of the track, “This song is about trying to get into heaven with my friends, or doing all that we can together to survive.“
Chastity is a world of its own from the mind of Brandon Williams. Reflecting the working class background of Whitby, Ontario, Chastity‘s songs are charged with the ethos of archetypal youth on the fringe. A project more aptly characterised by its intentions than specific sound or medium, Chastity stands to confront the struggles of those existing in the unseen, often silenced periphery. It is an artifact of youth culture constantly working to form community, bridging isolation with collectivity.
Visuals play a meaningful role in this world with Williams using his penchant for crafting consistently sharp, challenging imagery to personalise the narratives running throughout all of Chastity‘s work – most discernibly, a call for the disruption of harmful status quo.
It was clear from the release of Chastity‘s first demos that this was not “another punk band that can operate at only one speed.” Always concerned with the trending lack of accessibility and inclusivity in public spaces for the arts, the first Chastity show was held in Williams’ own bedroom where, packed wall-to-wall, the police were quickly called. But after the project’s second show supporting DC punk bandPriests, Chastity was off to the races, sharing stages with the likes of with Metz, Chelsea Wolfe andFucked Up. All without a full length recording out.
Death Lust follows the plot of suffering to survival. The album begins on a tortured note with ‘Come‘ and builds toward the plummeting finale of ‘Chains‘, evolving from start to finish in a crescendo of severity.Chastity explains, “Death Lust is about growing up death obsessed. It’s about the pain that it takes but the capacity that we have to overcome.” Death Lust is available to pre-order here.
Last month, NPR premiered the powerful video for the album’s opener ‘Children‘. The video is centred around an incident and events that followed in Williams home town of Whitby. An off-duty police officer named Michael Theriualt and his brother allegedly beat a young black man, Dafonte Miller, with a steel pipe while he was walking near his home which left the victim blind in one eye. Watch ‘Children‘ via the image below.