Belfast newcomers CHALK to play headline show at THE BLACK BOX on Friday 19th May


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

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 an unwavering vocal with incredible rawness at its core. 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 W Ryan (SORBET, Robocobra Quartet), known for his work with Irish acts Just Mustard, NewDad & Enola Gay.

New single 'Static', releasing early February 2023, is a cinematic showcase of all things Chalk. Buzzing, distorted acoustics meld with a now customary aggressive vocal performance, culminating in a John Cale-esque final project that swamps listeners in the unique Chalk aural experience. Lyrics tackle brutally honest introspection and tense topics, unafraid and unabashed by perception and public gaze. The emotional horizon of the crashing choruses is a swirling hellscape of cold, isolated melodies and malevolent, brooding percussion. Produced by collaborator Chris Ryan (NewDad, Just Mustard), this is a release full of purpose and of intent. One that sets the tone and establishes the mission statement for the coming year, in which you'll be pulled inside the dense and atmospheric chambers of Chalk's explosive congregation.

Speaking about the single Ross Cullen of Chalk: “We wanted to explore the feeling of not knowing your place in the world. Living within order & regime, following instructions. “Stand up straight, a pre-owned smile” / “There’s been a knock at my door, they’re gonna try and burn me down” But then subverting from the social norms and gaining control. Creating a path for yourself, confronting the uncertainty and risks. “Searching for something to do, just to keep myself right” Reaching the end of that path and waiting for fulfilment but you’re not sure when it will come or if it will at all. “I could have sworn that I’d cut the cord"

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. The trio are currently working on their debut EP and have signed with Mother Artists (IDLES, Cat Le Bon, First Aid Kit)





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