This past Saturday night, the Biltmore Cabaret was the place to be. The venue was hopping thanks to a pit stop in Vancouver by Seattle-based band Chastity Belt. After sets from Les Chaussettes and Strange Wilds, it felt as though we had all successfully been transported to the height of grunge in the 90s.
Five minutes to 10pm, Chastity Belt took to the stage and began their short eight-song set with “Drone” after greeting the crowd. The foursome, consisting of lead singer and guitarist Julia Shapiro, bassist Annie Truscott, guitarist Lydia Lund, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. powered through their set, which included a number of songs off the band’s sophomore effort, Time to Go Home.
“Do you guys like sports?” asked Julia during their set, to which the majority of the audience said no. “Me neither. Go Blazers,” she responded in reference to the jersey she wore, earning some chuckles from the audience.
As the band played through the 30-minute set, it was clear that Chastity Belt’s fans are an enthusiastic bunch. People bounced about and sang along loudly, clapping and cheering each time the more recognizable tunes started up. After a rad performance of “Joke,” complete with back-to-back strumming, the ladies left the stage briefly and then returned for an encore. The song of choice was “Cool Slut,” another cut from the foursome’s latest album.
Seeing Chastity Belt live really does cement the fact that they are a great band and that there really isn’t a need to categorize them as some sort of “girl band.” As they’ve mentioned before, they’re simply a band that just so happens to consist of four girls. Paving the way for girls who just want to rock out? I can totally get behind that.
This Time of Night
Time to Go Home