Chastity emerged from the small town of Whitby, Ontario last year with Death Lust, one of the most intense and passionate Canadian rock debuts in recent years. The band, led by Brandon Williams, will release its sophomore project Home Made Satan in September (god damn that title is hard), and today The FADER has the premiere of the first single and music video for "Sun Poisoning."
The song strips away the shoegaze sonics that helped define much of Death Lust, putting Williams's passion and talent for wielding alternative rock melodies front and center. The best moments on Death Lust sound like they were written in the midst of a personal breakthrough, and "Sun Poisoning" recaptures that feeling. For its part, the video channels a formative moment glimpsed by a pair of youngsters: a costume party they're only kind of invited to, seen through eyes both innocent yet somehow understanding.
"I wrote a song called 'Sun Poisoning' in 2013," Williams said in an email, "and Kacey Musgraves provoked inspiration in me to bring this back, her lyric 'happy and sad at the same time.' A classic songwriter trope, melancholy, but in my adaptation I wanted to express the feeling of trying to smile when you know your teeth are bleeding. 'Do you want to see how easily my teeth bleed?'"