Earlier this year, Paste magazine called the four-some Chasity Belt, “The Best of What’s Next,” and after listening to their album No Regrets it’s difficult not to agree. Wit and sarcasm paired with an unforgettable sound have made them a band to take notice of.
While the band initially started off making “joke songs” for fellow college co-eds in Walla Walla, Washington, they soon realized that their music was growing into something truly legit, and they haven’t looked back since.
TWM: The first time I saw the photo of you four in the mom jeans/turtleneck shot, I instantly became a fan. But what’s amazing is that your music is also fantastic. Can you share with me how you four clever ladies found each other?
CB: I met everyone in the band our freshman year of college. I lived on Lydia’s floor first semester, and Gretchen’s second semester. I got to know Annie from seeing her at parties.
TWM: Who are your mutual musical influences as a band?
CB: We all love Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith. Recently we’ve been listening to a lot of Girlpool and Alex G. Also Courtney Barnett! We’re on tour with her right now.
TWM: Do you write the songs as a group, or is there a main songwriter among the foursome?
CB: Usually I’ll write a song and play it for the rest of the band and then everyone else will work out their own part and we’ll all give each other feedback.
TWM: Wit and sarcasm are a big part of some of your music, which is not common for an all-woman band. Were you ever concerned that that would affect how seriously the band would be taken by music media?
CB: No not at all, we’re just being ourselves. I try not to worry about how others will interpret our work.
TWM: Tell me about your dream gig or the best gig you’ve had since forming?
CB: All of the shows we’ve played on this tour with Courtney Barnett have been great so far. We also recently played a show in SF with Wire where we all played their song “Drill” together at the end of the night. That was a great show.
TWM: What’s been the worst gig?
CB: We played this horrible show in Missoula, MT last year. It was a part of this summer festival. We spent a few days there because we wanted to hang out and float the river, but it ended up being really stormy and cold the entire time. We couldn’t fit all our gear in our car and no one wanted to lend us their bass amp, so that was a whole ordeal. When we finally got to play our set on the last night we were only allotted 20 minutes and we were sandwiched between two metal bands. Annie fell off the stage and hurt her ankle when we were setting up. We were so pissed off that we decided to leave right away and get a hotel on the way back to Seattle, but every single hotel was booked. I guess there was a concert in the gorge or something? So we ended up driving the 11 hours through the night. It was just sort of funny at that point though. I think that was how Gretchen and I came up with the idea for our latest press photos. We were so delirious at that point everything was really funny.
TWM: Any hints for fans—and newcomers—about what vibe we can expect from your upcoming NXNE show?
CB: A very chill vibe. Rock n roll man.