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Belfast post-punk band Chalk leave it behind on ‘Asking’

Belfast post-punk band Chalk leave it behind on ‘Asking’

Chal. Photo by Sienna Lillie Munn

The Belfast post-punk three-piece band Chalk met at film school, and film and the Belfast dance music scene are stated influences, and have just released their fourth single today entitled ‘Asking’.

Previously the band have demonstrated stripes in making caustic and dark rock music with tension and release, and they’ve teamed up once again with producer Chris Ryan ( Robocobra Quartet, NewDad, Just Mustard) on ‘Asking’, their fourth single following the chugger motorik ‘Static’, ‘Velodrome’, ‘Them’, a chugging motorik rawk song that serves as the band’s third single.

‘Asking’ is the first song from the forthcoming EP Conditions, out May 5th, ahead of appearances at The Great Escape in Brighton that month.

It’s a monochrome song wallowing in its despairing tense energy.

“We all wrote the lyrics together – it’s a reaction to feelings of ours that look at the past and a longing for others who aren’t in your life anymore. How we grow as people and those we leave behind as a result. We wanted “Asking” to follow the recollection of someone whose memories are fading when trying to remember about someone in the past.”

Ross Cullen of Chalk.

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Chalk Bio:

Chalk is an Irish three-piece post-punk/electronic project based in Belfast. The project was formed in 2019 after meeting at film school.

Influenced by their love of film and the emerging Belfast dance scene, Chalk’s image-driven soundscape is composed of wailing guitars, a relentless rhythm section, and a raw, visceral spoken-word style. Their visual approach (as seen in their self-made music videos), interweaves with their sound in an evocative fashion.

Chalk’s debut single, ‘Them’, which won Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music Roundtable Record of the Week, was recorded with producer Chris Ryan (Just Mustard, NewDad, Enola Gay). Their second single ‘Velodrome’ continued this run of independent success, earning them a spot on the much sought-after BBC Radio 1 Next Wave segment with Jack Saunders and further support from Lamacq. Third single ‘Static’ served as the bands coming-out single, with widespread media acclaim from the likes of DIY, Gigwise, The Independent, The New Cue and more. The trio will release their debut EP on May 5th and have signed with Mother Artists (IDLES, Cat Le Bon, First Aid Kit).

Chalk is Ross Cullen (Vocals), Benedict Goddard (Guitar, Synth), Luke Niblock (Drums).

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